Accessibility links

Theatre Studies AS level at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School

Course description

The AS course is a stepping stone for a full advanced GCE course.

Unit 1: Exploration of Drama and Theatre

(40% of total AS marks)

Content Summary: This unit introduces students to the content of plays written for the theatre. They will learn how to analyse plays in a variety of ways to that they become familiar with the way written plays can be interpreted for realisation in performance.

Assessment: This internally assessed unit requires students to explore two contrasting play texts, chosen by the centre, in a practical and active way, at least one of the plays must be explored in the light of a recognised theatre practitioner.

A Video/DVD of one session of the practical work must be made available for use in moderation. A set of exploration notes must be submitted.

Students are also required to experience a live theatre performance and submit an evaluation.

Unit 2: Theatre Text in Performance

(60% of total AS marks)

Content Summary: This unit offers students the chance to demonstrate skills in a performance environment. Their knowledge and understanding gained during the study of two plays in Unit 1 can now be applied with a view to delivering a performance to an audience.

Assessment: This is an externally assessed unit. The first section requires students to offer either a monologue or duologue. The second section requires students to contribute to a performance of a professionally published play by a known writer.

Students may offer either acting or design form and must also provide a concept of the interpretation of their chosen roles or designs.

Entry requirements

It is useful to have taken drama at GCSE but not essential. It is important that you are interested in gaining a greater understanding of how theatre and plays work and that you are keen to get involved in performances.

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 the visual and technical side of theatre. Equally you will be interested in going to the theatre to see plays performed by different theatre groups.

Future opportunities

The AS course is a stepping stone for a full advanced GCE course.

The AS and Advanced GCE can lead to further study in Drama, Theatre Studies and Performing Arts in Higher Education at degree of HND levels. It can broaden your studies and lead to a career in performing arts industries.

This subject can help build your confidence and improve your presentation skills in a number of subjects.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
Provider logo

Key information

  • Start date: Next September


  • More information
    • By Rail

      The closest station is the Overpool Railway station. Further information can be obtained from National Rail. Station info hereand you can plan your journey here.

      By Bus

      Numbers 401, 1 and 3 travel with Ellesmere Port Catholic High School Area. The services all run frequently from the Sutton Way Bus stops (Google map)
      Online bus timetables for Arriva (401) and First (1 & 3).

      By Taxi

      There are taxi ranks at Ellesmere Port Centre.

      By Bicycle

      Surrounded by the suburbs of Cheshire and Wales, the school is easily accessible by bicycle or on foot. As part of our commitment to sustainable living, we encourage the use of local cycle routes. Cycle parking facilities are provided at the school for students, staff and visitors.