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Drama A Level at Fairfax School

Course description

Drama and Theatre Studies is an exciting and challenging course that will enable you to have real ownership over the development of your practical and written work. Ranking as 14th in the country, the team of specialists at Fairfax offer a truly individual experience and support system to ensure you reach your potential.

We have links with a range of universities and arts partnerships to enrich the breadth and depth of your knowledge and understanding of Drama and Theatre across the globe. You also have time and space to attend rehearsals outside of lessons with your group as you prepare for performance examinations. These are always with the support and guidance of your teacher. Outside of the classroom, you will have the opportunity to attend the theatre regularly for your course including the West End, The RSC, The MAC, The Rep and more excitingly New York. All of these trips are used to enrich your curriculum preparing you for all exams and controlled assessment. As a student at Fairfax you will have the opportunity to learn; acting skills, technical skills, writing skills, analysing skills, devising skills and directing skills. All of these areas will open up avenues in job sectors such as Media, Arts Entertainment, Therapy, Psychology, Law, Business, Education to name a few. The department at Fairfax has a real strength in giving students structured individual feedback, resulting in you making rapid progress. We aim to prepare you for your next steps in all avenues of higher education.

Course content


TOPICS STUDIED: Practitioners in Practice

ASSESSMENT STRUCTURE: 14% Practical Examination 26% Research Report & Portfolio


TOPICS STUDIED: Exploring and Performing Texts, Analysing Performance, Deconstructing Texts for Performance

ASSESSMENT STRUCTURE: 17% Practical Assessment 3% Portfolio 40% Written Examination

Entry requirements

The step up to the sixth form from Key Stage 4 provides an exciting challenge. It requires a successful academic record and a genuine interest and motivation in learning. We are proud of our reputation for being an inclusive sixth form with outstanding results. We work very hard with our prospective students to ensure they are enrolled in courses that are entirely appropriate to their abilities and interests.

Applicants will need to have at least a Grade 4 in English and Mathematics and an additional 3 GCSE grades A*-C

- There are also subject specific requirements which can be found in the Sixth Form prospectus. 
- Internal applicants who meet the minimum academic entrance requirements will be offered a place automatically (subject to individual subject requirements and availability of courses). 
- All successful applicants will be required to sign a sixth form code of conduct in recognition of the Academy’s expectations of sixth form students in terms of their behaviour, punctuality and attendance.

Fairfax students unlikely to meet these requirements should seek advice from their Head of Year, the school careers adviser or the Director of Sixth Form about possible options available to them.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Fairfax School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2017
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