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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys

Course description

We focus on developing students as independent learners.

The AS in Drama and Theatre Studies focuses on working with playtext and scripts as a performer as well as a director and set designer .

A2 provides an opportunity to study themes 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 Level

Performance Workshop

  • Unit 1— This unit allows students to practically demonstrate how style, form and structure as well as characterisation can be demonstrated in a performance.

Text in Performance

  • Unit 2— This unit offers Students the chance to demonstrate their knowledge of specialist terminology from the viewpoint of an actor, designer and director in a written context.

A2 Level

Performance on a set theme

  • Unit 3 — The connections between theory and practice demonstrated through a range of forms, genres and performance styles.

Text in Context

  • Unit 4 — A chance for students to analyse performance and production elements through a directorial overview from which they will form their own supported evaluations, with relevant research.


Entry requirements

Grades B and above in English and preferably a C or above in Drama


AS Level:

  • Unit 1 - Scripted and devised performance from a text (40% of AS and 20% of GCE mark)
  • Unit 2 - Externally marked 2 hour written exam (60% of AS and 30% of GCE mark)

A2 Level:

  • Unit 3 - Scripted and devised performance from a theme. (60% of A2 grade and 30% of GCE mark)
  • Unit 4 - Externally assessed unit takes the form of a 2-hour-and-30-minute written paper. (40% of A2 grade and 20% of GCE mark)


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 08 June 2016
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