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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Parkside School

Course description

Drama and Theatre Studies offers exciting opportunities for students to combine the activities of exploring plays, creating theatre, performing plays, analysing different styles of theatre and the critical evaluation of all these elements.

Course content

There is a direct focus on working with plays as a designer, director and performer.

The A2 Level course extends the knowledge and skills of the AS course and allows students to apply these in their own devised work. There will be opportunities to create original pieces of work through presentation of a workshop performance of a student directed play, as part of the examination process. The written examination looks at the director's approach to a set play and is studied through practical workshops. The group will examine a Shakespearean play performed today and compare it to the original conditions in which it was performed. Theatre trips are a vital part of the course.

Entry requirements

Previous drama study to AS level.  Students need to have a love of plays and performance. They must have a willingness to give up extra time for rehearsals and enjoy the creative process of devising.


Exploration of Dramatic Performance - Unit 3 - 40%

Theatre Text in context - Unit 4 - 60%


Future opportunities

This course will be a springboard for students seeking a range of Performing Arts, Media, Arts and Humanities courses in Higher Education. There will be opportunities to work with Professional Theatre Companies and Performing Arts Specialists. If your future career demands good communication and interpersonal skills, then this is an ideal course to choose.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 October 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year