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Drama and Theatre Studies AS GCE AS Level at Weatherhead High School

Course description

This course is for you if you enjoy:
Performing, directing and designing for the theatre
Theatre visits and writing reviews
Reading and studying plays
Creating a performance piece as a member of a group

Course content

The AS course builds upon work that you have studied at GCSE and also extends into new areas.
The course aims to develop interest and appreciation of drama and theatre, through:

Experience as an audience member, and writing critical reviews
Developing dramatic and theatrical skills for performance, including: acting, lighting, set and costume design.
Practical study of dramatic texts.

You will be expected to visit a wide range of theatre productions, and also work with others to create performances for an audience.

The work and subject particularly compliments English Literature, Media Studies, Film, Art, Music, Dance, and History A levels but you can include it in any combination of subjects

Entry requirements

It is preferable to have achieved a good grade in GCSE Drama, as the A Level course builds upon the GCSE course. A knowledge and experience of acting / theatre is essential. As the course is predominantly based upon play texts and written work, you should have at least grade C in English Language and English Literature.


Unit 1: Live Theatre Productions Seen and Set Text

60% of the total AS marks. This is a written paper: Section A is a response to live theatre seen during the course and Section B is a study of one set play.

Unit 2: Presentation of an Extract from a Play

40% of the total AS marks. This is a practical paper, involving a performance in small groups, of an extract from a published play. The assessment also includes candidates' preparation and development work, with supporting notes.

Future opportunities

AS & A Level Drama & Theatre Studies are considered valuable qualifications for progression to either Higher Education or employment - our students are confident, committed team-players, who also appreciate how far theatre can enrich our lives.

Further information

We are committed to achieving the best grades for all our Drama students - as our results continue to show. We believe in developing the skills of our students through practical exploratory workshops and we also use professional actors, to extend our students. We have excellent lighting, sound and staging facilities in our Theatre, as well as our new Drama Studio. Students are also encouraged to contribute to our extra-curricular activities, either as performers or leaders / directors.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year