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Drama and Theatre Studies AS level at The Bushey Academy

Course description

Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Drama and Theatre Studies deliberately focuses on working with plays. In this way the Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Drama and Theatres Studies aims to bridge the gap between GCSE and full Advanced GCE by providing an opportunity to study plays from the point of view of a director, designer, performer and critic. The qualification is designed to enable students to acquire a knowledge and understanding of the language of drama and theatre as well as to develop their performing and analytical skills.

Course content

AS 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 familiar with the way written plays can be interpreted for realisation in performance. As a minimum requirement two plays will have to be studied in this unit. At least one of the plays must be studied in the light of a recognised influential practitioner. This might be an individual who has made a unique contribution to theatre practice.

AS Unit 2: Theatre Text in Performance

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. There are two sections in this unit. In each section, students can choose to take the role of a performer or theatre designer. The performance material must be taken from a complete and substantial play text. Students can choose to offer performing skills or design skills in both sections or a different skill in Section B than they used in Section A.


Unit 1

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 set of Exploration Notes based on individual research and response to the practical work to a maximum of 3000 words must also be submitted. Students are also required to experience a live theatre performance and submit an evaluation to a maximum of 1000 words.

Unit 2

This externally assessed unit contains two elements. It requires students to contribute to a performance of a professionally published play by a known writer.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bushey Academy directly.

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year