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Drama AS/A-Level at The Appleton School

Course description

Drama and Theatre Studies is a practical, intellectual and artistic subject. You will have the opportunity to study plays from the point of the view of a director, designer, performer and informed audience member. The course is designed to enable students to acquire a knowledge and understanding of the language of drama and theatre as well as to develop their performing and analytical skills. It combines the activities of exploring plays, creating theatre, the performing of plays, the analysis of theatre and the critical evaluation of all these elements. Students completing the course successfully will hone their analytical and creative skills and have a thorough understanding of drama and theatre, and an ability to communicate effectively with others.

Course content

Unit 1: Workshops and written portfolio based on two scripted plays. Students are also required to write a review of a live production.

Unit 2: Performance based on an abridged play and monologue or duologue

Unit 3: A devised piece of group drama and associated preparation with structured, written coursework.

Unit 4: Written examination based on the study of two plays. One question based on examination of a play extract in context and one question based on performance analysis and research.


Unit 1: Internally assessed
Unit 2: Performance externally assessed
Unit 3: Internally devised performance and coursework
Unit 4: Written Paper

Future opportunities

  •  Theatre Designers
  •  Educational Theatre
  • Drama Therapy
  •  Social Work
  • Arts Provisions
  • Arts Administration
  •  TV and Radio

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

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