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Drama and Theatre Studies AS and A level at Eastbrook Comprehensive School

Course description

This two year course follows on from the GCSE and is designed to stretch student’s knowledge and understanding of Drama. Students will learn how to practically explore play texts and use their knowledge of practitioners and theories within theatre history to support their understanding. Throughout the course, there will be independent learning and analysis which is evident in the second year with the practical devising unit. The course is completed with a written examination that showcases their knowledge of directing and understanding of different texts. 

Course content

Year 12- AS Outline

Unit ONE: 40% Exploration of Drama and Theatre - Autumn/Winter Term  

Practical exploration of 2 plays accompanied by written 'Exploration notes' and also a theatre review Internally assessed and externally moderated 

Unit TWO: 60% Theatre Text in performance - Spring/Summer Term

A practical examination of acting in a directed production of a play with a group and either a monologue or a duologue with a written performance concept as support

Externally assessed (100% practical)


Year 13- A2 Outline

Unit Three: 40% Exploration of Dramatic Performance - Autumn Term/ Spring Term

Teacher assessment of the making and performing of a devised piece of theatre 

Internally assessed with a Supporting Written Evidence Document and videoing of the performance Unit Four: 60% Theatre Text in Context - Summer Term 2 examination questions based on the study of ONE play.

Section A is based on a director's approach to this play

Section B is based on performance analysis and research of a specific play seen in performance Externally assessed in a 2 1/2 hour written paper 

Entry requirements

Grade C or above in Drama or Grade C or above in English. Experience of the performing arts and/or an interest in theatre. 

This is a hard and rewarding course that requires students to be dedicated to all aspects of the course. Rehearsals, performances, theatre trips, and workshops are all part of the A-Level and you will be expected to show commitment and a willingness to your work at all times. 


Unit One: 40% Exploration of Drama and Theatre (Unit code 6DR01)

Unit Two: 60% Theatre Text in performance (Unit code 6DR02)

Unit Three: 40% Exploration of Dramatic Performance (Unit code 6DR03) 

Unit Four: 60% Theatre Text in Context (Unit code 6DR04) 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September