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Drama and Theatre Studies - AS / A level at Kesgrave High School

Course description

The course demands practical, creative and communication skills in almost equal measure. You will extend your ability to create Drama and Theatre, either in a performing or production role. You will also be required to write about Drama and to develop your powers of analysis to become an informed critic. The course will involve taking part in drama productions, as well as studying plays and playwrights.

You need to be curious about issues and ideas and have a creative instinct for communicating your views through drama.

You may be keen on acting, writing or on the visual and technical side of theatre and wish to develop your skills in some or all of these areas.

Equally you will be interested in going to the theatre to see plays performed by different theatre companies.

Course content

The course is practical, based around devising and creating different types of Drama for performance. Lessons consist of practical acting in front of the class with lots of reflective practice and group discussions.

It is crucial that students enjoy acting and are prepared to experiment with techniques in front of each other. Students also need to enjoy reading plays and visiting the theatre.

Entry requirements

Prior learning - It is useful to have taken Drama at GCSE level but not essential.


AS UNITS – TEACHER LED - Unit 1: Study of Two Set Plays - 40%

You will read and study two plays of contrasting style. As you explore the two plays you will create practical and written work based on the work produced in lessons. Your final mark is made up of 20% practical work in lessons and 20% written C/W based on work created in lessons.

The AS consists of the following three units:

Unit 1 Exploration of drama and theatre

Unit 2 Text in performance

Unit 3 Text in context

A2 UNITS – TEACHER LED - Unit 2: Performance Exam - 60%

We will experiment with all sorts of drama techniques and styles as we work together to put on 2 types of performance. It really is an exciting and most enjoyable end to the year, especially if you really love performing as you are assessed on your acting abilities.

You have to do a Group Performance 30% and a Monologue or Duologue 30%. This is marked by an external examiner in the summer.

IMPORTANT: All Performance Exams take place in the Evenings at the Thomas Theatre – this is a requirement of the course and is in keeping with real theatre.

The Advanced GCE consists of the following units:-

Unit 4 Devising

Unit 5 Text in Performance

Unit 6 Text in Context

Board : Edexcel

Future opportunities

This AS and Advanced GCE can lead to further study in Drama, Theatre Studies and Performing Arts in Higher Education at degree or HND level.  It can be used as part of your course to broaden your studies and may lead on to a career in the performing arts industries.

Drama and Theatre Studies AS and Advanced GCE complements a range of subjects and is useful in building confidence and improving presentation skills in a range of careers.

Further information

For more information, contact Mr Race.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 July 2015
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