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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at St Crispin's School

Course description

AS/A level Drama and Theatre Studies is a creative and inspiring course that will develop students as actors, directors and designers. Drama and Theatre Studies combines practical skills with critical theory and study of plays from different eras.

It offers students the chance to devise their own work and perform published work alongside studying different acting techniques, practitioners and play texts. The course is designed to allow students creative freedom, where collaboration is considered the heart of the course.

Course content


Unit 1 Live Theatre Seen and Prescribed Play. Section A – students write a response to live theatre seen during the course. Section B – study of set text, Ibsen’s A Doll’s House.

Unit 2 Scripted Extract. Students work in groups to rehearse and perform an extract from a published play. Their interpretation must be influenced by a theatre company or practitioner, and students will produce supporting notes which explain their creative process.


Unit 3 Further Prescribed Plays. Section A – pre-20th century text, Goldoni’s A Servant to Two Masters. Section B – contemporary text, Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good.

Unit 4 Devised Drama. Students work in groups to create and perform an original piece of drama influenced by a particular style of theatre. Students will again produce a set of supporting notes which will explain their process.

Entry requirements

GCSE Drama at grade B or above.



Future opportunities

The career opportunities for study beyond AS/A level Drama are wide ranging. In addition to specific performance or technical based theatre courses offered by universities, colleges and drama schools, most employers recognise the value of Drama study and training in any workplace to enhance communication, leadership and creative skills.

Drama qualifications are widely accepted in many career paths including teaching, lecturing, journalism, drama therapy, marketing and events.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Crispin's School directly.

Last updated date: 09 June 2015

Key information

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