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Drama & Theatre Studies, AS/A2 at Christ The King College

Course description

A-level Drama and Theatre Studies is for students who enjoy reading and watching plays, and taking part in them, whether performing, directing or designing sets and costumes. It offers students the freedom to choose both the content and the form of their practical presentations. This specification will help students to develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of practical drama skills including: acting, directing, costume, set designing, mask-making and technical design.

Course content

At AS Level students:
• Study one set play in terms of its performance potential
• Visit the theatre and watch live productions.
• Work together to interpret and present an extract from a play of the students choice, linked to their study of a theatre practitioner. Students choose to present acting or technical.
At A2
• Two plays from a different style/period
• Study a style of practical theatre and work together present a devised play in that style
Students choose to present acting or technical.


Entry requirements

 A commitment to studying plays and learning theatre techniques is essential.


At AS:
Unit 1: Live Theatre Production Seen and Prescribed Play
60% of AS (30% of Entire A Level)
This a 1 hour and 30 minute written examination in June, which focuses on the study of a chosen set text and an
exploration and evaluation of a seen live performance.
Unit 2: Presentation of an Extract from a Play
40% of AS (20% of A Level)
This a performance of an extract from a play that must be performed using strategies of a well-known Dramatic Style
or Practitoner such as Stanislavski or Brecht or Physical Theatre and will be moderated by an external examiner.
At A2:
Further Prescribed Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century
30% of total A Level
2 hour written paper
Study of two further set plays of differing periods/styles
This a 2 hour written examination in June, which focuses on the study of two chosen set texts.
Unit 4 – DRAM4
Presentation of Devised Drama 20% of total A Level
Practical performance
Performance by a group of devised drama. The assessment also includes candidates preparatory and development
work and supporting notes.


Future opportunities

A-level Drama and Theatre Studies is useful for students considering Higher Education in any arts or humanities subject including English Language and Literature, Journalism, Dance, Music, Art and Design, and Media Studies.

Career opportunities for students who study A-level Drama and Theatre Studies include: Arts/theatre administration, arts journalism, director, actor, designer, playwright, stage management, theatre management, theatrical agent, technician, broadcasting, media presenting, education, drama therapy and scriptwriting.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King College directly.

Last updated date: 03 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years