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Drama & Theatre Studies A Level at Nailsea School

Course description

At A-level students are offered an inspiring experience that emphasises practical creativity alongside research and theoretical understanding. Students learn through experience, seeing theatre and making theatre for themselves. They are introduced to a wide range of theatrical styles and contexts as they explore plays practically, devise and work on performances. Students can choose to develop as a performer, designer (lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets), director or a combination of these. Whichever option they choose, students will gain invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand their horizons.

Course content

Component 1 – Drama and theatre – Externally assessed
Component 2 – Creating original drama (practical) – Internally assessed
Component 3 – Making theatre (practical) – Externally assessed

Students of drama and theatre develop skills that are not just essential for drama but applicable to a wide range of higher education subjects and in the workplace. This specification refines students’ creative, collaborative and communication skills, their analytical thinking and their approach to research as well as their reflective skills. Students grow in confidence and maturity as they successfully realise their own ideas. They learn to evaluate objectively and develop a sound appreciation of the influences that cultural and social contexts can have on decision making.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in Drama GCSE, and Grade 5 in English. Students who have not studied Drama will be considered on a case by case basis, and will need some or all of the above skills.

Entry to the Sixth Form is not automatic, but depends on:

Achieving 5 grade 4s or above for entry to level 3 courses and meeting the individual entry requirements of your chosen Level 3 courses.


Coursework: 40%

Examination: 60%

Awarding Body: Edexcel

Future opportunities

Higher education courses, both Drama focused and wider.

Drama related careers and wider.

Further information

Year 13 student:

A Levels: English Literature, Philosophy, Drama

Reasons for taking course: I enjoy being creative and using ideas from the theatre that I have seen to create new performances to entertain audiences.

What I like about this course: It provides a good balance of practical and written work both of which are very interesting and enjoyable. I particularly like working with other students to devise performances.

My advice: Make sure that you make notes of what you have done each lesson, take advantage of the opportunities to redraft and develop your work and ask for lots of feedback and push yourself creatively in performance to achieve your potential.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 November 2017

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