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Theatre Studies *FEES PAYABLE* at Clifton College

Course description

There can be few A level subjects that require the student to develop such an exciting breadth of interpersonal and academic skills. Students are encouraged to expand their interest in and enjoyment of drama and theatre, both through experience as audience members and through their own development of dramatic and theatrical skills. Through studying and attending a range of plays from different periods and of different styles, the student develops a critical sensitivity and breadth of understanding that is then applied to their own practical work and written analysis. The course encourages a self-disciplined approach to ensemble acting to promote both a confident and an accomplished performance.

Theatre Studies is available at both AS and A2 levels. Owing to the linguistic and literary demands of this course there is a minimum entry requirement to AS Theatre Studies of Grade B in GCSE English and Grade B in GCSE Drama where this examination has been taken by the candidate. Whilst it is possible to join the course without a formal qualification in Drama, such candidates will be expected to show evidence of their experience of performance work and an interest in theatre generally.

Course content

Whilst some of the academic material is presented through practical work, it should be noted that the examination is 50% written in content. Workshops are offered regularly both in school and off site at places such as The Globe, RADA and The National Theatre, London and the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford upon Avon. These workshops may be based on such themes as theatre practitioners, vocal production or mask work amongst other opportunities each year. Regular theatre visits and trips are offered both locally in the many theatres in and around Bristol and Bath or in London and these encompass classical, contemporary and musical theatre productions. It is vital that the pupils are keen to be involved in these visits and want to experience live theatre


AS Course (WJEC) – 2 units

DA1 20% Practical performance 100 marks (80 UMS)

Unit title: Performance workshop

For this unit candidates will either act in a group or contribute their chosen technical production skill to a performance from a set text and a devised piece. They will work on the ideas of two practitioners.

The unit is internally marked and externally moderated.

DA2 30% Written paper (2 hour paper) 120 marks (120 UMS) Open text exam

Unit Title: Text in Performance

Candidates will answer three questions: 

  • One pre-1900 text from a prescribed list
  • One post-1900 text from a prescribed list
  • Live theatre review
  • The unit is externally marked.


(the above plus a further 2 units)

DA3 30% Practical performance 150 marks (120 UMS)

Unit Title: Performance on a set theme

Candidates will be expected to work in response to a theme set by WJEC and prepare two performances. In each case candidates will either act or demonstrate a technical production skill with a group of performers. The performance will include:

  • scenes / extracts from a published text
  • a piece devised by the group

An evaluation of performance work for both pieces will be required.

The unit is externally marked.

DA4 20% Written paper (2½ hour paper) 80 marks (80 UMS)

Unit Title: Text in Context 1.

1. Two set texts from a prescribed list: one pre-1900 and one post 1900. This is an 'open text' examination – candidates will be asked to discuss the play as a whole, including the following aspects:

  • theatrical context
  • performance history
  • theatrical challenges of text in terms of acting
  • theatrical challenges in terms of production skills
  • personal reaction to the text

2. Directorial analysis of an unseen text.

There will be four sections to the paper:

  • ground plan
  • design/costume
  • lighting/sound
  • movement

The unit is externally marked.

Financial information


Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Clifton College directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years


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