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Drama A Level at Congleton High School

Course description

If you are curious about issues and ideas and have a creative instinct for communicating your views, then Drama is the ideal subject for you. You may be keen on acting, writing or on the visual and technical side of theatre and wish to develop your skills in some or all of these areas. Equally you will be interested in going to the theatre to see plays performed by different theatre companies.

Drama develops many skills and aims to extend your knowledge by enabling you to apply what you have learned in your own creative work. In devising theatre, you will alternate roles between being playwright, performer, designer and director. In performing theatre you are required to apply your knowledge, skills and understanding within the structure of a director’s interpretation of a play.

Course content

The course demands practical, creative and communication skills in almost equal measure. You will extend your ability to create drama and theatre, either in a performing or production role. You will also be required to write about drama and to develop your powers of analysis to become an informed critic. The course will involve taking part in drama productions, as well as studying plays and playwrights.

Entry requirements

A grade B at Drama GCSE is desirable and a grade C or above in GCSE English is essential. An active interest in performing and an enthusiasm for developing your skills is required.


The course deliberately focuses on working with plays. In this way the course aims to bridge the gap between GCSE and Advanced level, 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 drama and theatre as well as to develop their performing and analytical skills. Assessment will be a combination of written examinations and practical assessments throughout the course.

Future opportunities

This A Level can lead to further study in Drama, Theatre Studies and Performing Arts in Higher Education at degree or HND level. It can be used as part of your course to broaden your studies and may lead on to a career in the performing arts industries. Drama and Theatre Studies Advanced Level complements a range of subjects and is useful in building confidence and improving interpersonal skills in a range of careers, from Teaching to Management.

This course can be taken in conjunction with other vocational or academic courses at Congleton High School Sixth Form or The Congleton College. Drama can be taken with any combination of subjects but the most obvious combinations would include Music, Media Studies, English, Psychology, and Sociology, History and French.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 October 2016
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