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Theatre Studies A Level at The Thomas Hardye School

Course description

This qualification emphasises practical creativity alongside research and theoretical understanding. Each exam paper is designed to allow students to demonstrate their creativity and imagination in interpreting set texts and apply independent thinking as they evaluate a live theatre production. There is also a great focus on student performance, with 60% attributed to the practical units (in comparison to 40% in previous years). Students learn through experience: seeing theatre, reading texts and making theatre for themselves. Students may choose to develop as a performer, director or designer. Whichever option they choose, students will gain many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand their horizons.

Course content


Students will complete a practical unit in which they explore extracts from three different plays. The final extract will be showcased to a live audience in the school theatre. Students will also study the set text, Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth. They will learn how to direct the play and will be required to answer an exam question on their directorial ideas. The final component of the course involves a number of theatre trips (including musicals). Students will watch and review each piece.


Students will begin the year by studying the set text, Metamorphosis by Steven Berkoff. In the end of year exam, they will be required to answer a question on this play, a question about Jerusalem and to review a live performance. The practical component for the year requires students to devise theatre which has been inspired by a famous practitioner. This will be performed in front of a live audience.


There is one exam, worth 40% which is 3 hours long. Two practical performances which are accompanied by a logbook make up 60% of the grade.

Future opportunities

Whatever the future holds, students of drama and theatre emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills (including collaborative ability, analytical thinking, confidence, maturity and objective evaluation) preparing them for their next steps. The course particularly gives an excellent foundation for pursuing a career in the arts; preparing them for drama school, a degree or auditions. It also offers opportunity for directing, working backstage or writing theatre.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Thomas Hardye School directly.

Last updated date: 06 December 2017
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