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Drama and Theatre Studies AS/A-Level at Rickmansworth School

Course description

The course demands practical, creative and communication skills in almost equal measure. Students will extend their ability to create drama and theatre, either in a performing or production role. They will also be required to write about drama and to develop their powers of analysis to become an informed critic. The course will involve taking part in drama productions, as well as studying plays, playwrights and theatre practitioners.

Students need to be curious about issues and ideas and have a creative instinct for communicating their views through drama. They may be keen on acting, writing or on the visual and technical side of theatre and wish to develop their skills in some or all of these areas. Equally students will be interested in going to the theatre to see plays performed by different theatre companies.

Course content

AS Level

Component 1 - Exploration and Performance

Component 2 - Theatre Makers in Practice

A2 Level

Component 1 - Devising

Component 2 - Text in Performance

Component 3 - Theatre Makers in Practice

Entry requirements

B Grade in Drama (if taken)

B Grade in English Language

B Grade in English Literature


AS Level - comprised of two components

Component 1 - Exploration and Performance

  • Coursework 60% of AS Level mark Comprised of three sections: portfolio, group performance and monologue.

Component 2 - Theatre Makers in Practice

  • Written Exam 40% of AS Level mark
  • The exam will have two sections. The first section requires students to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance. The second section is about how to interpret and realise an unseen extract in performance from the perspective of a performer or designer.

A2 Level - comprised of three components

Component 1 - Devising

  • Coursework 40% of A Level mark
  • The written part will be based on practical devising which is original with stimulus from a key extract from a performance text and influenced by a chosen practitioner. Students will also be assessed on a devised performance

Component 2 - Text in Performance

  • Non - Examined Assessment 20% of A Level mark
  • A group performance and monologue will be externally assessed by a visiting examiner

Component 3 - Theatre Makers in Practice

  • Non - Examined Assessment 40% of A Level mark
  • The exam will have three sections; a live theatre evaluation; realising a performance text and interpreting a performance text

Future opportunities

A popular pathway for a large proportion of A Level Drama and Theatre students is to pursue a related degree course at university. Vocational courses are also highly sought-after, whether in acting, writing or technical theatre, with many being offered places at prestigious Drama and Musical Theatre Schools across the country. Career paths include acting, film and television production, journalism, law and politics, the public services and teaching. The study of Drama has enabled our students to develop essential transferable skills, which have strengthened their appeal to prospective employers in an increasingly competitive workplace.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016
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Key information

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