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Drama and Theatre Studies AS level at Nower Hill High School

Course description

Students interested in the theory and performance of Drama.  Building on the philosophy of the GCSE syllabus, the emphasis is on Drama and Theatre Studies as a practical, intellectual and artistic subject. Students examine the use of theatrical forms and genre in relation to the exploration and performance of plays. Students also study how plays relate to the social, cultural and historical contexts in which they are created and / or performed.

Course content

As well as learning performance and directing skills and taking part in workshops, you’ll also study important traditional and contemporary plays.  Studying different plays, styles and approaches will engage and stimulate you in conversation and exploration. This will develop your analytical and evaluative skills. Visits to the theatre will play a key role in helping you acquire a deeper understanding of drama.  There will also be the opportunity to devise a completely original performance.

Entry requirements

You are not required to have studied Drama in advance, but if you studied Drama as a GCSE subject, you must have achieved Grade C or above.


Practical Assessment and Written Examination.

  • Exploring contrasting substantial play texts in practical and active workshops. 
  • Notes/Essays which are based on individual research and response to practical work. 
  • Evaluation of live theatre.
  • Being involved in the production and performance of play texts.
  • Devised Performances.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Drama and Theatre.

Future opportunities

Entry into higher education to study drama, theatre studies and related courses, as well as careers in the performing arts industry.  Drive, confidence, skills and experience for a successful future.  Credible value for students at both higher education and in chosen careers.

Further information

What equipment or materials will I need?

Loose fitting clothing suitable for movement; note taking equipment, play texts.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nower Hill High School directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year