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Drama and Theatre Studies A/S at Queensbury School

Course description

Why Study Drama and Theatre Studies?

  • As a pathway to studying performing Arts at University
  • To build confidence and presentation skills
  • To develop cultural and literary knowledge
  • To go on trips to exciting theatrical events

What skills do I develop?

  • Performing skills
  • How to study a play
  • Excellent preparation for demands of university
  • Group skills
  • Directing
  • Self Discipline
  • Understanding of world cultures

Course content

Unit 1 Exploration of Drama and Theatre

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 so that they become familiear with the way written plays can be interpreted for realisation in performance.



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 30%

This unit offers students the chance to demonstrate skills in a performance environment. The 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.


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 a design form and must also provide a concept of the interpretation of their chosen roles or designs.




Entry requirements

Grade C or above in related GCSE


You will have one exam at the end of Year 13 for Unit 4.  The remaining 4 units will be assessed by your teacher and a visiting examiner fo ryour performance exam.

Future opportunities

Career Options - acting, dance, teaching, social work, childcare, ersonnel, radio, journalism or T.V.

University courses - Drama, Acting, performance skills.

Further information

For further information speak to Miss Burns or look on the Edexcel website.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 to 2 years