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Drama and Theatre Studies AS/A Level at Brooksbank School Sports College (The)

Course description

A Level Drama and Theatre Studies is highly suitable for students wishing to extend their skills and interest in Drama. The course is designed to build confidence, creativity and give students varied exposure to different dramatic styles and teachings. It offers an opportunity to become involved in practical productions and attend professional theatres. A willingness to rehearse outside of school hours and perform in public is essential to success in this exciting subject.

The course encourages the development of numerous key skills that are vital to personal development and employability. The acquisition of these skills will allow students to become more creative and adaptable. Confidence and self-reliance are also enhanced through practical performance projects, set design and back stage work. Successful practitioners are also invited to lead drama workshops.

Drama and Theatre Studies combines well with most courses and particularly well with related areas such as Art, Music, Media Studies, Literature and Languages.

Course content


Unit 1: Exploration of Theatre

Practically study two contrasting plays. Assessment is on performance and a 3000 word essay (worth 40% of your overall mark).

Unit 2: Performance

Deliver a two-minute monologue and a one hour group play to a visiting examiner (worth 60% of your overall mark).


Unit 3: Dramatic Performance

Devise your own group play and perform to a community audience (worth 40% of your overall mark).

Unit 4: Text in Context

You will be asked to complete a 2 1/2 hour written paper about your creative directorial ideas and your critical skills by reviewing a live play(worth 60% of your overall mark).

Entry requirements

In order to follow a level three course you must have at least five GCSE passes at A* - C or equivalent.

To study this course you must have:

  • grade C GCSE English Language
  • plus 4 other subjects at GCSE

Please note, we also require students to continue to study GCSE Mathematics until at least a grade C is achieved.



3000 word piece of written coursework worth 40% of your overall mark. Practical performance worth 60% of your overall mark.



Practical examination in December contributes 40% of your overall mark. 2 1/2 hour written examination in June contributes 60% to your full A Level.

Financial information

Sixth Form Bursary

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is available at Brooksbank School to help support those young people who face the greatest barriers in continuing their education to Post-16. All applications are welcome and must meet certain eligibility criteria, details can be found on the main school website.

Future opportunities

Drama and Theatre Studies is an important first step for students wanting to work in the Arts. It is an ideal course for students wanting to pursue further training in any aspect of performance and entertainment, design and the media. It is also highly beneficial for a whole range of diverse sectors including teaching, law, management and social work.  However, if you are thinking of entering the job market, the many skills gained whilst studying this course are regarded highly by most employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brooksbank School Sports College (The) directly.

Last updated date: 19 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years