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Drama and Theatre Studies A level at Abbey College, Ramsey

Course description

A theoretical and practical exploration of the ideas and the texts that have shaped the history of theatre. The subject offers the student the opportunity to expand their knowledge of drama through reading, responding and performing as they learn the techniques needed to develop their ability to deliver performances of consistent quality.

Course content

Units for AS

Unit 1: Live Theatre Production seen and Prescribed Play

Section A - response to live theatre seen during the course

Section B - study of one set play from a choice of six

Unit 2: Presentation of an extract from a play

Performance by a group of an extract from a published play. The assessment also includes candidates preparatory and development work and supporting notes.

Units for A2

Unit 3: Further Prescribed Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century

Study of two further set plays.

Unit 4: Presentation of Devised Drama

Performance by a group of devised drama. The assessment also includes candidates preparatory and development work and supporting notes.

Entry requirements

Candidates do not need to have taken GCSE Drama but it is advised. We expect at least C at GCSE English and evidence of an interest in the Performing Arts.


Units 1 and 3 are externally assessed. Units 2 and 4 are externally assessed and internally moderated.

Future opportunities

Drama is a natural choice for students wishing to follow careers in areas where self-confidence and the ability to express ideas with fluency is important. Students from previous years have gone on to study law, literature and the media, architecture and performing arts. Whilst some have become successful performers, others have gone on to work in education and retail.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Abbey College, Ramsey directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September