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Drama & Theatre Studies

Exam Board - AQA

Course Content

Students should study this course if they enjoy taking part in and watching a range of drama and theatre and wish to broaden their knowledge and understanding of theatre arts.
The course in Drama and Theatre Studies encourages students to develop their interest and enjoyment of drama and theatre both through experience as audience members and through their development of dramatic and theatrical skills.
Students will also develop their ability to respond critically and sensitively to a range of drama texts and to theatre in performance.
Much of the work is taught in a practical way.


Unit 1     -            Written Paper
                             Q1 - Set text
                             Q2 - Live Production seen
Unit 2     -            Practical Performance of an extract of a published play supported by written notes
Year 13
Unit 3     -            Written Paper
                             Q1 - Set text A
                             Q2 - Set text B
Unit 4    -            Practical Performance of a piece of Theatre devised by the group supported by written

Other Information

Students are encouraged to visit the theatre at every opportunity and a number of trips will be organised.  During the preparation of Practical Units students will occasionally need to attend rehearsals outside lesson times.
Students do not have to have studied Drama at GCSE to take Theatre Studies in Year 12.
Students are encouraged to develop their practical skills further by taking part in performances outside the course, for example, in House Plays, the Lower School devised drama competition and the annual school play.  Drama students often use these productions as opportunities to develop skills in stage management, design and directing, choreography and technical skills as well as performance.  Technical skills can be assessed in Units 2 and 4 for candidates who do not want to be assessed in performance skills.

Entry Requirements

GCSE B in Drama.