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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Rainhill High School

Course description

Performance is at the heart of Drama and Theatre Studies with many opportunities to take part in high profile performances in venues around the North West. We are regular visitors to the wide range of theatres in Liverpool and Manchester to watch performances that range from Stephen Schwartz’s ‘Wicked’ to Shakespeare’s ‘The Comedy of Errors’.

Students who study this course can go onto study at the UK’s top drama schools and obtain work in the wide range of jobs associated with theatre.  The skills and qualities developed by this course are also highly sought after by companies who wish to have vibrant, confident, excellent communicators representing their organisations.

Course content

Year 12

Unit 1: Students explore two different plays in practical lessons and are required to complete a portfolio of coursework to support their practical sessions

Unit 2: Students are required to perform a monologue or duologue and a group performance.

Year 13

Unit 3: Students will create a piece of original drama.

Unit 4: Students will sit a written examination based on a set play studied throughout the year, plus they will be assessed on a review of a live performance.

Entry requirements

Grade C or above in GCSE Drama and in GCSE English Language


Year 12
Unit 1: Practical exploration of two plays supported by one piece of written coursework.(2500 words)
Unit 2: Two practical performance pieces. (Externally examined).

Year 13
Unit 1: A devised performance. (Externally examined)
Unit 2: A written examination based on a set text and theatre review.

Future opportunities

Drama and Theatre Studies is a highly desirable qualification. Developing performance skills, critical thinking and creativity it can prepare you for careers in: Acting; Directing; Stage Management; Arts Administration; Events Management and Education. However, it also develops vital inter-personal skills such as communication, co-operation, public speaking and problem solving which can prepare you for careers in: Advertising; Business; Marketing; Public Relations; Law and Journalism.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 March 2017

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