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Drama and Theatre Studies AS/A Level at Sheldon School

Course description

A Level Drama and Theatre will engage students through encouraging creativity, focusing on practical work which reflects 21st century theatre practice and developing skills that will support progession to further study of drama and a wide range of other subjects.

The A Level has a straightforward structure with three components; one that focuses on devising, one that focuses on performing and one that focuses on practical exploration of texts to interpret them for performance.

Students will develop a multitude of skills including collaboration, communication and an understanding of how to amend and refine work in order to make a smooth transition to their next level of study or employment.

Course content

Unit 1 Coursework 40% of the qualification

  • Devise an original performance piece
  • Use one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli
  • Centre choice of text and practitioner

Unit 2 Text in Performance Coursework - 20% of the qualification

  • A group performance of one key extract from a performance text
  • A monologue or duologue from one key extract from a different performance text
  • Centre choice of performance texts

Unit 3 Theatre makes in Practice

  • Live theatre evaluation - choice of performance
  • Practical exploration and study of a complete text - focusing on how this can be realised for performance
  • Practical exploration and interpretation of another complete performance text, in light of a chosen practitioner - focusing on how this text could be reimagnined for a contemporary audience
  • Centre choice of texts
  • Centre choice of practitioners


Entry requirements

We require A*- B grade at GCSE.


Unit 1 There are two parts to the assessment

  • 1 A written portfolio of between 2,500 -3,000 words
  • 2 The devised performance

Assessment Overview

  • Section A: Live theatre evaluation students answer one extended response question from a choice of two.
  • Section B: Answer two questions from an unseen extract of the studied play.
  • Section C: Students will answer one extrended response question from a choice of two using their chosen text.

Future opportunities

The course is an ideal stepping stone for both higher education and employment. It is accepted by universities for courses other than drama, and is an excellent foundation course for those wishing to pursue careers and study in drama or the theatre. The course develops self confidence, communication and inter personal skills. In today’s ever competitive jobs market, drama offers the chance to develop valuable life skills.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 September 2016

Key information

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