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Drama and Theatre Studies A level at Shenfield High School

Course description

Drama and Theatre Studies is open to students with a keen interest, enjoyment and relevant experience and aptitude in Drama and the theatre. If you enjoy working as an ensemble in Drama at GCSE level or through involvement with school productions and wish to broaden your skills, you will find the course invaluable.

The A level courses are designed to extend students’ understanding and experience of theatre from a practical and theoretical point of view. Devising Drama and turning text into performance are also key elements to the course. There will be a number of opportunities to experience live theatre that will provide ideas and stimulus for practical work. Students will also study 2 set plays from the experience of an actor and director for the written exam. Students are required to be exceptional independent learners and are required to rehearse in their own time throughout the two years. The Theatre Studies course draws upon elements of Literature, Media Studies, History, Psychology and Design in the outstanding facilities of the Expressive Arts Block.

Course content

  • Component 1 : Drama and Theatre written exam (3 hours) Section A and B – Set Text and Section C – Live Production (40% of A Level)
  • Component 2 : Creating Original Drama (devised piece with portfolio 30% of A Level)
  • Component 3 : Performance of Extract (Scripted performance with portfolio 30% of A Level)

Entry requirements

Students must have a keen interest in Drama and Theatre studies. GCSE grade C and above in Drama and English and at least a Merit for BTEC Performing Arts is essential.


60% of the course is assessed practically during 2 examined performances with an external moderator. 40% is assessed via a 3 hour written exam which students will prepare for throughout the two year period.

Future opportunities

A Level Drama and Theatre Studies is particularly suitable for students who wish to continue their studies on any course at university and/or pursue a career in the industry, or use the transferable skills developed for any career.

Further information


We are offering any student who studies Drama or Performing Arts the opportunity to be part of Shenfield High School’s Performing Arts Academy.

As part of the academy we are offering the following:

  • Arts Award Gold
  • Coaching / Directing Opportunity
  • LAMDA Exams
  • Outside academy participation (Helen Arber Performing Arts Academy)
  • Casting Opportunities
  • Showcase
  • Performing Arts academy Uniform
  • Leading on International Trips
  • National Theatre Performance Project

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years