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Drama & Theatre Studies AS/A2 Level at Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College

Course description

The course is aimed at developing your interest in drama and theatre both as participants and as informed members of the audience. You will also gain a range of opportunities to develop a variety of dramatic and theatrical skills.

Course content


Unit 1 – Exploration of Drama & Theatre. This unit offers students the opportunity to explore the content of plays through a variety of practical approaches and through written coursework to demonstrate an analytical, reflective and comprehensive understanding of structure, themes and issues in texts. Visits to live theatre are an integral part of the course and students will evaluate performances reflecting an awareness of a wide range of production values.

Unit 2 – Theatre Text in Performance. The knowledge and understanding gained during the study of two plays in Unit 1 can now be applied with a view to delivering a performance to an audience. There are two sections in this unit: Section A offers either a solo (monologue) or pair performance (duologue); Section B is a group performance taken from a complete and substantial play text.


Unit 3 – Exploration of Dramatic Performance. This unit requires the creation of a unique and original piece of theatre. The knowledge and understanding gained in the AS units can now be applied to a created production.

Unit 4 – Theatre Text in Context. This externally examined written unit requires the detailed study of one set play text and one historical period of theatrical development.

Entry requirements

Students will be expected to :

  • have achieved at least a B in both English Lit. and Drama at GCSE.
  • attend theatre performances both independently and as a part of the course. This will incur a financial cost.
  • attend rehearsals in their own time and undertake appropriate, detailed and independent research.

The AS course is suitable for Year 13 students.

External students who have not had the opportunity to study GCSE Drama will be asked to attend an interview to demonstrate their suitability for the course.



Unit 1 – Internally assessed unit exploring two contrasting play texts. An evaluation of a live performance is also required.

Unit 2 – Externally assessed live performances.


Unit 3 – Written coursework and performance assessed around the development of your own piece of work.

Unit 4 – Externally assessed written paper (2 . hours)

Future opportunities


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College directly.

Last updated date: 05 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years