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Drama and Theatre Studies at Sprowston Community High School

Course description

Drama and Theatre Studies offers you the chance to experience the changing nature of theatre and a range of theatre styles; to explore plays, create theatre, and to use improvisation and performance skills. You will study a wide range of plays and practitioners; you will devise your own pieces of drama and will have opportunities to perform to a variety of audiences at regular intervals.

You will show your understanding of plays, your performances and directing skills through both your own practical work and through written coursework and exam. If you want to extend your understanding of how ideas are presented through the medium of theatre, if you want to be part of trips to various productions around the country, if you see yourself as an actor, director, lighting or set designer, Drama will be the course for you. It may well be for you, too, if you see yourself in Arts Administration, or as a youth leader or drama teacher, or in a profession where confidence in public speaking is important.


Unit One: Exploration of Drama and Theatre Exploration of two plays in practical workshops from the point of view of performers, directors and designers and through completion of ‘Exploration notes’ and a written evaluation of a piece of live Theatre (40% of AS, 20% of final grade). This is internally assessed coursework.

Unit Two: Theatre Text in Performance You will undertake a role in the production of a play, being assessed on the effective use of performance or design skills. You will work as part of a production team with a director. Performance of monologue or duologue (60% of AS, 30% of final grade). This is externally assessed practical.


Unit Three: Devising (Exploration of Dramatic Performance) You will devise an original piece of theatre for presentation to an audience. You will need to keep a ‘Structured Record’ to reflect on the process. You will be assessed on both the performance and the Record (40% of A2, 20% of final grade). This is internally assessed coursework

Unit Four: Theatre Text in Context You will study two plays, researching the production history and shaping your ideas for a full production (60% of A2, 30% of final grade). This is a written exam.

Entry requirements

To study A Level courses you will need to have achieved at least 5 GCSE Grades A*-C in full courses including either English or Maths. C grade or higher in Drama if taken at GCSE and C grade or higher in English is also desirable.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sprowston Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 May 2014

Key information

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