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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Mill Hill County High School

Course description

Candidates following this specification will study drama from exploration through to performance.  The aims of the specification are to:

  • Develop students’ interest in drama and theatre as participants and informed members of an audience
  • Develop students’ knowledge and understanding of major influences in theatre
  • Offer a range of opportunities to develop drama and theatre skills creatively and imaginatively
  • Integrate the theory and practice of drama 

Course content

A candidate is expected to:

  • Demonstrate the application of performance and/or production skills through the realisation of drama and theatre
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of practical and theoretical aspects of drama and theatre using appropriate terminology
  • Interpret plays from different periods and genres
  • Make critical and evaluative judgements of live theatre

Please note that at A2 the majority of the course is written theory, therefore students need to be able to write to a high standard and analyse theatre and performance in depth.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a grade B if this option was studied for GCSE.


AS Level

Unit 1 - Exploration of Drama & Theatre (practical & written coursework)
Analysis and practical exploration of two contrasting play texts
Evaluation of live theatre
Internally assessed   /   20% of total A Level mark

Unit 2 - Theatre Text in Performance (practical exam)
Monologue or duologue
Performance of a play
Externally assessed   /   30% of total A Level mark

A2 Level

Unit 3 - Exploration of Dramatic Performance (practical exam & written coursework)
Devised work
Internally assessed   /   20% of total A Level mark

Unit 4 - Theatre Text in Context (written exam)
2½ hour written exam   /   30% of total A level mark

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Mill Hill County High School directly.

Last updated date: 17 June 2015

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