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Drama and Theatre Studies A-Level at Lancaster Royal Grammar School

Course description

Why study Drama and Theatre Studies?

Drama and Theatre Studies is an exciting AS/ A2 option that combines the creation, practice and appreciation of live theatre. It gives students an opportunity to develop their creativity, confidence and communication skills through live performance, critical review, text analysis and focused research.

What are lessons like?

Classroom activities involve practical theatre work (approx 60%) and more traditional study, which will include reading, reviewing, discussion and writing.

NB Drama and Theatre Studies at AS and A2 will involve commitment outside the school day and rehearsal attendance and theatre trips are a compulsory feature of the course.

Course content

What does the course consist of?

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Drama and Theatre Studies consists of two coursework components and one externally examined paper.

Component 1: Devising. 40% of the qualification. Pupils devise an original performance piece and create a portfolio based on the process and performance.

Component 2: Text in Performance. 20% of the qualification. Pupils perform as a group one key extract from a performance text and a monologue or duologue from a different text.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice.40% of the overall qualification. This is a written examination lasting 2 hours 30 minutes. It is divided into three sections. Section A is based on a live theatre performance they have seen.
Section B is based on an unseen extract they have studied and how they intend to realise the extract in performance.
Section C is based on practical exploration and interpretation of another complete performance text, in light of a chosen practitioner, focusing on how the text could be re-imagined for a contemporary audience.

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for Year 12 (Lower Sixth) is at least seven Bs or better in the GCSE examinations, including a minimum of a B grade in any subject to be taken.  An A grade is required for A-level Mathematics.  All applicants need a minimum of a C grade in both English and Mathematics, regardless of the subjects they wish to take.  

Please note that at the end of the Lower Sixth, at least three grades at D or above are normally required to ensure progression into the Upper Sixth (Year 13).

Overseas applicants

We will accept an equivalent level of performance in your country‚Äôs exams and will require verification of results by your school. A report supporting your application from your current school will also be very important.  Please note that we can only accept overseas students who are UK passport holders.


Practical exams at AS are assessed in May by a visiting examiner. Coursework pieces (Unit 1 and Unit 3) are internally assessed on a date set by the centre. The written exam is taken in June at A2.

Future opportunities

Students go on to drama schools and colleges as well as English, Theatre Studies and Media degree courses at a range of universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lancaster Royal Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016
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