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Drama A-Level at Abbeywood Community School

Course description

You will enjoy:

  • Performing to an audience
  • Being able to work independently and in groups
  • Discussing your ideas with others
  • Reading and watching plays
  • Thinking about how other people express their ideas and opinions

Course content

What will I study?

The course is structured around four main aspects of academic and practical approaches to learning:

  • Developing acting and performance skills through Drama, Dialogue, Mime, Movement, Physical Theatre and Stylised Choreography
  • Understanding the history of theatre throughout different ages, e.g. Greek, Medieval, Shakespeare, Commedia and Avant-Garde
  • Exploring influential theatre practitioners such as Stanislavski, Brecht, Boal, Berkoff and their contrasting styles of theatre
  • Analysis and interpretation of plays and playwrights from classical, period, tragedy, comedy, abstract and contemporary genres

How will I learn?

You will learn through a mixture of research, analysis, explorative and practical based activities. The course will enable you to work with professional companies, actors and agencies to develop, enhance and contextualise your skills. There will be regular theatre visits to local theatres and schools. There will also be a number of in-school workshops from professional theatre companies and actors. Students will also be expected performed work in school shows and productions to showcase their work.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades A* - C including English Language and C or above in GCSE Drama or English Literature or BTEC L2 in Performing Arts Merit grade or L2 Creative and Media Diploma A*- C


At AS Level, the course is a combination of practical workshops and portfolio coursework. At A2 Level, the course is predominantly practical work with one written examination.

Future opportunities

You could continue to study to degree level in areas such as Drama, Theatre Studies, Performing Arts or Performance Support. The course would also provide grounding for students wishing to pursue careers in Drama, Script-writing, Performing Arts, Technical or Media Industries.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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