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Drama and Theatre Studies at Old Swinford Hospital

Course description

The Course

AS Level

Unit 1 – Exploration of Drama and Theatre (40% of AS/20% of total GCE)

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 can become familiar with the way plays can be interpreted for realisation in performance. Students explore two contrasting play texts in a practical and active way. As part of this Internally Assessed unit, a set of Exploration Notes must be submitted and a live performance attended.

Unit 2 – Theatre Text in Performance (60% of AS/30% of total GCE)

Students must demonstrate skills in a performance environment. Understanding gained in Unit 1 is now applied to delivering a performance to an audience. As part of this Externally Assessed unit students offer a monologue or duologue and contribute to the performance of a published play. Students must provide a concept of the interpretation of their chosen role.

A2 Level

Unit 3 – Exploration of Dramatic Performance (40% of A2/20% of total GCE)

Students must create a piece of unique and original theatre. They must contribute to the process and performance in front of a specified audience. This Internally Assessed unit includes research and development of the work as well as the final performance. A written evaluation of process and performance are required.

Unit 4 – Theatre Text in Context (60% of A2/30% of total GCE)

Students are required to be involved in the detailed study of one set play text and one prescribed historical period of theatrical development. This Externally Assessed written unit takes the form of a two and a half hour examination in three sections: 1 and 2: students explore ONE play from the point of view of a director; 3: a live performance of a play from a chosen period must be experienced and evaluated and compared with original staging conditions of the play.


The course combines activities of creating theatre, exploring plays, analysis of theatre, performance and skills in evaluation and critique Students completing the course successfully will have a thorough understanding of Drama and Theatre, highly toned analytical and creative skills and an ability to communicate and work effectively with others.

What next…

Drama and Theatre Studies is ideal preparation for Drama and Performance-related courses at university level. It is also perfectly complementary to the study of English Language, English Literature, World Literature, History, and wider Culture-related courses.


The course deliberately focuses on the study and performing of plays and enables students to acquire knowledge and understanding of the wider world of drama and Theatre. Students will attend and experience a wide range of theatrical productions and performances, the school’s location being ideal to access a broad range of local and internationally renowned theatre companies, as well as the theatres themselves. Students are also encouraged to participate in school-based drama activities as part of the school’s rich extra-curricular programme.


The demands of the course are considerable but hugely rewarding. Students should aim to become experts in their chosen field of study. Academic research of historical influences, and dramatic styles and techniques, are necessary to inform students’ own work. An ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively, as part of a team, is essential. A genuine commitment in terms of time and effort outside the classroom and normal working hours is needed to bring about the enormous amount of pleasure and personal achievement gained, and a perfect stepping stone to the next stage in one’s personal and educational development.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Old Swinford Hospital directly.

Last updated date: 01 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: AS 1 year/A2 2 years


  • More information
    • Sixth Form courses at Old Swinford Hospital are delivered at our site located off Heath Lane in Old Swinford. The campus is located only a 5 minutes walk away from Stourbridge Junction train station and about 5-10 minutes walk from the centre of Stourbridge town.