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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Chew Valley School

Course description

You will gain experience of practical theatre skills under performance conditions. You will also study set texts and this study will include, where possible, theatre visits and workshops, enabling you to see for yourself how the plays should be performed.

Finally, you will study key figures in theatre history, examining the contributions that they have made to the theatre. Once again this will include both written and practical elements.

Course content

If you are interested in Drama, Theatre and Performance, this could be the course for you. You may be keen on acting, directing or the more visual aspects of Drama. All will be explored during the course. You may take the course without having studied GCSE Drama; all that is required is an enthusiasm for the practical side of Drama and a willingness to work as part of a team.

Entry requirements

Students who enjoy working as part of a team and who are enthusiastic about Drama. You DO NOT have to have studied GCSE Drama but you must be interested in all aspects of performing.


AS level:
- Unit 1 Exploration of Drama
You will study 2 plays and produce practical & written coursework for each. Worth 20% of the total A level grade.

- Unit 2 Theatre in Performance
A group practical exam worth 30% of the A level grade. In small groups you will produce a scripted performance, focussing upon all aspects of the production. This will be performed before a live audience.

A2 level:
- Unit 3 Dramatic Performance
A group devised practical exam, worth 20% of the total grade. Once again, performed before a live audience.

- Unit 4 Theatre Texts in Context
A written exam worth 30% of the total A level grade. You will answer questions on one production that you have seen during the course and one set text that we study. You are allowed to take your notes and script into the exam.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chew Valley School directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


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