Theatre Studies

Head of Department: Mrs I Morgan:


About the course:

We are a successful and thriving department, and if you are thinking about getting involved in Law, Teaching, The Public Sector, Media, Journalism, Management, Personnel, Psychology or Theatre Crafts you will find a qualification which will take you a step up in your chosen career!

The course leads on progressively from your studies at GCSE. You will find it achievable and challenging!


AS Drama & Theatre Studies:

Unit 1

You will study two play texts in full from the 20th Century producing 3000 word written document, as well as looking at the work of Brecht in great detail. By the end of the year you will have a confident grasp of Alienation and the use of Political theatre.

The acting techniques of Stanislavski are explored in practice and you will get the chance to learn new technical effects and processes. This will enable you to improve your practical acting skills and give you great understanding of motivation and Method acting. Other practitioners and styles of theatre are explored in detail and you will also have five weeks to explore and consolidate skills of your choice. In the past students have chosen to complete projects for primary schools, taken part in Combat and Make up workshops as well as improving improvisation, diction and expression.

Much of this work is of a practical nature and you will be expected to analyse and evaluate the responses of the actor taking on roles within the plays studied as well as the way the script is structured.

Finally we see at least one piece of live theatre during the year, and you will then write a 1000 word Review of the play seen.

Unit 2

Section A: This section is a practical performance of a monologue or duologue. You will produce 2 to 4 minute piece and it will be all your own work. Staff are allowed to give advice, but you will direct yourselves and produce a controlled assessment entry of 500 words to document your rehearsal and working process. The exam is usually on a separate evening with an invited audience and external examiner.

Section B: A whole group practical performance directed by the teacher is the main task in this unit. Direction and concept is shaped by the group and we do not choose the play until half term in the autumn so that we have time to determine the strengths and inclination of the class. There is no written work attached to this task. The exam takes place in March during an evening performance for an invited audience and an external examiner.


Unit 1: Some of the lessons are filmed for the moderator, but your teacher is the examiner. A written SWED of 3000 words stemming from the lessons is required. The theatre experience evaluative essay completes this unit. Unit 1 is worth 60% of the total AS.

Unit 2: Both performances are assessed by a visiting examiner. Your monologue or duologue performance will be supported by 500 words written document supporting your rehearsal process. This unit makes up 40% of the total AS.


A2 Drama & Theatre Studies:

Unit 3 – Exploration of Dramatic Performance

Your group will work on a devised performance lasting 15 to 30 minutes in groups of up to 6 people. The play can be based on an existing published play or can be devised from scratch using a stimuli of the teachers choice. You are required to complete a working notebook of to 3500 words detailing your intentions and involvement.

Unit 4 – Theatre Text in Context

Sections A and B: You are required to make a detailed study of a set text in an academic and practical way. Lysistrata is our text of choice and you will approach the work as a director creating a full blown concept for an imaginary professional performance of the play.

Section C: We study a period of theatre history looking at staging and acting conventions. You will see a live performance of a play from the Elizabethan era and complete an evaluation comparing conditions with the original in a written exam.


Unit 3: Teacher assessment is made of the rehearsal and planning period as well as the actual performance. This makes up 40% of A2. The written evaluation makes up 60% of A2.

Unit 4: A written exam paper is conducted in June. This makes up 40% of A2.