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Advanced GCE in Drama and Theatre Studies at Ash Green School

Course description

This AS Level course will give you the chance to gain a deeper understanding of how theatre works, you will have opportunities to be a performer, designer and an active audience member. Much of your time on this AS course will be spent working practically with others, but you will also need to spend time working as an individual researching material and putting your knowledge and understanding down on paper. You must be prepared to put in your own time, whether for seeing theatre productions, carrying out research, learning lines or rehearsing for performance.

Course content

For the AS year there are no set texts – you will explore two plays as chosen by your teacher. For Unit One these two contrasting texts will be explored practically and you will be expected to produce exploration notes to compliment this work as well as demonstrate your understanding of the play in eight different areas totally 3,000 words. You will also write a review of a live piece of theatre of 1,000 words. In Unit Two you are assessed on your performance work; this is split into two sections – monologues or duologues and then a teacher directed group performance of no less than three people. Both your performances need to include a 500 word written performance concept detailing the choices made for the performance piece and the process you went through.

The A2 year consists of Unit 3 – a devising project (worth 40% on the A2 course but 20% for the whole GCE) and a written examination which is worth 60% on the A2 and 30% of the GCE as a whole).

Entry requirements

Students must have attained the minimum of 5 A*- C qualifications at GCSE or equivalent (e.g. BTEC), with at least a B grade in each subject to be studied at level three.
In exceptional cases a C grade minimum can apply to students for both GCE A Level and BTEC Level Three courses where mitigating circumstance applies and there is clear evidence of a good basis for level three study to be undertaken.
Students must have at least a grade C in both English and Mathematics. In exceptional cases a D grade minimum can apply where mitigating circumstance applies and there is clear evidence of a good basis for level three studies. Students who have a GCSE in Mathematics and English at grade D will be required to follow a course leading to a level 2, C grade qualification.


Unit One work is marked by your teacher and makes up 40% of your AS mark (20% of the full A Level)

Unit Two performances are marked by an external examiner and make up 60% of your AS mark (30% of the A Level).

Future opportunities

The AS Drama and Theatre Studies leads on to the A2 Level so the whole GCE can be completed before embarking on a degree course perhaps within the Performing Arts or a study Acting and Theatre as part of an accredited Drama school course.

Further information

What skills will I develop?

The course provides opportunities to develop skills in creativity and performance, technical skills and opportunities to see professional work in the industry, as well as individual creativity, confidence and communication skills, ability to work positively with others including professionals from the industry within workshops.

Why might the course be for me?

If you have a Level 2 qualification in Drama or Performing Arts, are confident and have a passion to progress in this field, if you are willing to work as a team with people you may not know, can lead by example, enjoy a challenge, are highly self-motivated and are willing to commit to your learning and that of others, then this is the course for you.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ash Green School directly.

Last updated date: 10 September 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September