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Drama & Theatre Studies A Level at Aylesbury High School

Course description

Why study Drama & Theatre?

To develop your appreciation of Drama & Theatre through practical and theoretical studies to the point where you can direct, perform, analyse and respond to theatre at an accomplished level.

Course content

Students will develop their understanding of the main theatre practitioners through a series of practical workshops. This knowledge is applied to a practical performance where a text is ‘reinterpreted’.

In Year 13, students will devise a piece from a given stimulus as well as produce a piece from a recognised playwright, faithful to the original intentions.

You will study 2 set texts on the A Level course. You will also study an extract from ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’.

Entry requirements

A grade 6 in Drama or in a related subject if you have not taken it at GCSE. A genuine interest in all forms of drama and theatre, plus the ability to work with others, be adaptable, and cope with performance to an audience and examiners.


Component 1

Theatre Workshop (20%) - Internally assessed, moderated

Component 2

Text in action (40%) - Visiting examiner

Component 3

Study of a second set text and ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ (40%) - Written exam

Financial information

Scripts £5 - £10

Optional recommended theatre trips £15 - £30 depending on location

Further information

This course is concerned with close study of plays and being able to lift the words from the page to the stage. You will experience all the elements of the process and you’ll be expected to go to the theatre at least three times a year and take part in theatre workshops. Year 12 students organise and run a Year 7 Drama Club.

The last four years has seen the advent of combined lessons with Aylesbury Grammar School; this has been a very successful venture allowing for a greater variety of performance texts to be aired.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 November 2018

Key information

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