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Drama & Theatre Studies A Level at Archway School

Course description

The course demands practical, creative and communication skills in almost equal measure.

You will extend your ability  to create drama and theatre either in a performing, directing and/or technical role. You will also learn how to write about Drama and to develop your powers of analysis to become an informed critic. The course will involve taking part in drama productions as well as studying plays and playwrights.


Course content

Theatre Studies allows you to encounter new and exciting ways of working and poses the creative challenge of putting you in the position of a Theatre professional. A level Drama & Theatre Studies has so much to offer if you are passionate about the subject.

Entry requirements

Obviously having studied Drama at GCSE would be a real advantage, but it is not essential. If you are interested in and enthusiastic about theatre and plays, and can demonstrate commitment and ability in the subject then this may still be the course for you. You will need to have gained C or above in your English GCSE in order to cope with the written elements of the course.


There will be sustained practical and written assessments throughout the course by a teacher and an external visiting examiner. There will be a written exam at the end of the A2 year.

AS Unit 1: Exploration of Drama and Theatre (40% of AS)

AS Unit 2: Theatre Text in Performance (60% of AS)

A2 Unit 1: Exploration of Dramatic Performance (40% of A2)

A2 Unit 2: Theatre Text in COntext (60% of A2)

Financial information

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is made available from the Government – to provide assistance to students whose access to, or completion of, education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers. Further information regarding eligibility and application forms are available from the sixth form.

Future opportunities

Due to its significant academic content, Theatre Studies is very well recognised by Higher Education courses, dramatic or not.

Obviously the course provides an excellent grounding for those interested in pursuing a future in the Dramatic Arts. However, it also provides a worth-while experience for students wishing to use it as part of the entry requirements into other subject areas of higher education.

Ultimately, a Theatre Studies student is seen as a confident individual and an effective communicator, skills highly sought by universities and employers alike. Additionally and very importantly, allemployers are seeking to recruit individuals who can demonstrate the following skills, all of which are developed throughout the course:

  • interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • communication skills
  • analytical, evaluative and critical skills
  • creativity and imagination
  • self confidence

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 September 2015
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