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Drama & Theatre Studies AS & A Level at Bebington High Sports College

Course description

The Edexcel BTEC course in dance is predominantly practical allowing students to develop technical dance performance skills in a range of dance styles alongside the related areas of anatomy, choreography and appreciation.

Course content

There are a total of four units in the course - two at AS and two at A2:

AS (one year):

  • Unit 1: Live theatre production seen and prescribed play. This unit is split into two sections where you will study a play called Antigone and study a live performance.
  • Unit 2: Practical. For unit two, you will perform a presentation of an extract from a play. Students will maintain a record of supporting notes and development work.

A2 (one year):

  • Unit 3: Further prescribed plays. Section A: Study the play Servant of Two Masters. You will answer one question from a choice of two based on the play. Section B: Study the play Our Country’s Good. This is a short extract based question, where you will demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of Our Country’s Good.
  • Unit 4: Presentation of devised drama. You will devise a group performance and perform in front of a moderator. These pieces have to be 15-40 minutes in length. Alongside the performance, you will include preparatory, development work and brief supporting notes.

Entry requirements

The A Level Drama and Theatre or BTEC level 3 courses are designed for students who are creative and like a challenge. You have to be prepared to attend live productions, attend some after school rehearsals and be fully committed to working within a group. It is not essential to have studied Drama at GCSE, as at the start of the course you will recap the GCSE course during the initial two week period.


AS level:

  • Unit 1: Written Paper (2 sections)- 1½ hours (30%).
  • Unit 2: Performance with supporting notes & development work assessed in front of moderator (20%)

A2 level:

  • Unit 3: Written Paper (2 sections)- (30%).
  • Unit 4: Performance with supporting notes & development work assessed in front of moderator (20%)

Future opportunities

Drama and Theatre studies form a basis for many career paths, as you are taught elements of; presenting, discussion, analysis, as well as personal, citizenship, cooperation and confidence skills. All of which are essential in any job. Obvious career choices are: Teaching, working within a theatre, communications and customer relations or PR work.

Currently many of the 6th form take on a role as a Drama leader. This means they are recognised for their hard work and dedication within the subject and they are placed within KS3 or 4 Drama lessons for a minimum of 1 hour per week to facilitate the teaching of Drama to the younger years. They act as ambassadors for the subject, and are a valuable asset within the department. Furthermore, as a leader you are involved in teaching on our primary liaison days. Drama is about being creative, expressing yourself and enjoying what you do. We offer a range of activities such as; whole school play, performance evenings, workshops, trips to local theatres and those further afield such as London and New York.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bebington High Sports College directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2016
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