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Drama and Theatre Studies - AS/A2 Level at Thornleigh Salesian College

Course description

Drama and Theatre Studies is a popular and vibrant course. Although it’s possible to be assessed on technical options (lighting, design, sound, direction) most students opt for this course to pursue an interest in ‘acting’. Lessons are predominantly practical and all work is propelled physically through engaging workshop sessions. (Especially popular are the Unit 2 and 3 ‘practical’ examinations.) Our students relish the opportunity to work co-operatively together to create dynamic, meaningful pieces of theatre for a variety of different audiences.

Course content


Unit 1- Exploration of Drama and Theatre (20% of final grade.)

Students study two plays in class and complete a theatre review based on a play seen live. Students are assessed in class during workshop sessions and on the quality of two written evaluations.

Unit 2- Theatre Text in Performance (30%.)

The Year 12 practical exam. An external examiner assesses students performing both a group play, and either a monologue or duologue.


Unit 3- Exploration of Dramatic Performance (20%.)

Unit 3 requires students to devise and perform their own play. Assessment is based on the quality of this performance and on a written portfolio.

Unit 4- Theatre Text in Context (30%.)

The final Unit is a written exam. Students will answer questions both as director and as an audience member on two plays selected by the exam board.

Entry requirements

You will require 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths as well as C grades in the subjects that you want to study. Many courses do accept students who have not previously studied the subject. To study AS Level Science subjects you will require a minimum combination of GCSE B/B in Core and Additional Science. To study AS Level Maths you will require a minimum of a B grade in Maths GCSE.


Assessment is carried out at the end of both years. Both Units 2 and 4 are externally assessed. An examiner will come in to school to mark your practical exam at AS, likewise your written A2 exam will be marked by the exam board. Units 1 and 3 are both marked internally by the teacher. DVD and written evidence is then sent.

Future opportunities

Several of our students leave Thonleigh to pursue their love of theatre at University or College, or as a career choice… but Theatre Studies offers much more than this in terms of future options. Because of the academic nature of the course which relies heavily on creativity, imagination and teamwork, the subject is ‘very highly sought after’ by both employers and places of further education. Theatre Studies students develop strongly as well-rounded, confident, creative individuals.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification please attend our Open Evening or contact the college directly via email at or by telephone 01204 305172.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 16 May 2016
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