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Drama And Theatre Studies AS/A2 Level at The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

Course description

The course is separated into four units.  Each unit asks you to learn a new and exciting aspect of drama and theatre studies.

First Year

  • Unit One asks you to analyse, perform and discuss two contrasting plays
  • Unit Two you will be directed in a scripted play for performance and perform a monologue or duologue.

Second Year

  • Unit Three, you will devise your own piece of theatre for performance
  • Unit Four, is a written exam, looking at Shakespeare and Greek theatre

Course content

See above.

Entry requirements

To study Drama and Theatre Studies at Cardinal Wiseman you will need to have 4 GCSE passes at A*- C, including English.  Ideally, this will include a GCSE in Drama or a pass at BTEC Performing Arts, but this is not a requirement.


The course has a good balance of practical examinations, coursework and written exams and is divided as follows:

  • Unit One is divided into 40% practical exploration, which is internally assessed and 60% coursework completed under controlled conditions.
  • Unit Two is 90% practical, which is externally assessed and 10% coursework completed under controlled conditions.
  • Unit Three is 50% practical exploration, which is internally assessed and 50% coursework completed under controlled conditions.
  • Unit Four is a written exam completed at the end of year 13.

Future opportunities

The skills gained in this subject can be transferred to various careers in Business and the Arts.  Many go on to study Drama or Media at university, becoming performers or working behind the scenes in theatre or television. 

Others use the skills they have gained to work in areas where public speaking, presentations and analytical thinking are necessary; for example in teaching, medicine and law.  Many universities value the skills gained by students who have studied Drama and Theatre Studies and see them as confident, creative and motivated individuals.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 01 May 2015
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Key information

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


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    • Travel to school by public transport is strongly recommended as there is very limited parking on site and in the local area.

      For those travelling by bicycle we also have secure bicycle racks on site.

      Nearest Tube Stations 

      Greenford and Ealing Broadway 

      Nearest British Rail Station 


      Nearest Bus Routes

      92 Ealing Hospital - Greenford - Wembley - Neasden

      95 Southall - Greenford - Park Royal - Shepherd’s Bush

      105 Heathrow - Greenford - Park Royal - Shepherd’s Bush

      282 Ealing Hospital - Greenford - Eastcote - Mount Vernon

      E1 Ealing Broadway - Drayton Green - Greenford

      E2 Brentford - Greenford - Ruislip

      E3 Greenford - Acton - Chiswick

      E5 Greenford - Southall - Havelock Estate

      E6 Greenford - Willowtree Lane - Hayes

      E7 Ealing - Greenford - Ruislip

      E9 Ealing Broadway - Greenford - Yeading

      Access for Disabled Visitors

      We have a limited number of parking spaces available for disabled visitors. The school reception can be accessed via a ramp and automatic doors. In addition to this, the majority of buildings have lifts and ramp access. If you are visually or hearing impaired, or have other needs, you would be welcome to contact the school prior to coming to the school so that we can endeavour to meet your needs during your visit.