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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level

An exciting, dynamic and demanding course, covering a broad range of theatre styles and techniques.


Over the course of your two years with us, you will take part in both scripted and devised performances in a range of styles and genres, keeping a detailed log book of your journey to performance. You will also study at least three fantastic plays in-depth and go to see lots of live theatre which you will analyse and write about.


The course requires both individual research and drive and a keen understanding of the importance of group work and effective communication to work towards a common performance goal.


A level students will study a two year linear A Level programme. At the end of their 1st year, students will sit internally assessed exams.


Exam Board: AQA



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  • What will I study and learn?

    Whilst studying A Level Drama and Theatre Studies you will explore and experiment with how drama and theatre is made and presented to an audience.

    Over the two years of study you will be required to work as either a director, performer and/or designer. In each role you will be required to interpret play texts for performance, study influential theatre practitioners, devise your own work and review theatre productions.

    The course is jam-packed and great fun - you will work hard and play hard. You need to be organised and committed and aware that we go on evening trips to the theatre and rehearse some evenings and weekends near to production.

  • How is the course assessed?

    The subject content for A Level Drama and Theatre Studies is divided into three components:

    1. Drama and theatre
    2. Creating original drama
    3. Making theatre

    The course is a balance of acquiring understanding of play texts and the practical adaptation into live theatre.

    During the course you will study and explore set plays, these selected plays will form the context for your understanding of drama through the ages, 20th and 21st century drama and live theatre production.

    You will also be involved in developing ideas for how plays can be interpreted and performed. To help you in the development of your own ideas you will review and evaluate the work of live theatre maker.

    In Making theatre you can adopt a practical role as one of the following:

    • performer lighting designer
    • sound designer
    • set designer
    • costume designer
    • puppet designer
    • director

    Each of the components is assessed separately:

    1. Drama and theatre: Written exam: 3 hours
      • Open book
      • 80 marks
      • 40% of A-level
    2. Creating original drama (practical)
      • Working notebook Coursework (40 marks)
      • Devised performance Practical (20 marks)
      • 60 marks in total
      • 30% of A-level
    3. Making Theatre (practical)
      • Performance of Extract 3 (40 marks)
      • Reflective report Coursework (2,500 words, 20 marks)
      • 60 marks in total
      • 30% of A-level
  • What courses would combine well with this course?

    This course will combine with any other A level courses successfully. It is particularly useful if you are considering a career which will require confident and articulate verbal and written presentation. Drama and theatre studies develops self-confidence and the ability to speak in public with the clarity and vitality of expression to gain interest and be understood. It will also help develop your ability to work cooperatively and communicate effectively with other people as the practical element of the course you are graded both individually and as a group.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    You need to have experience of working co-operatively with others in groups. You need to have some experience of theatre, both as an active participant in productions at school or in clubs and as a theatregoer. You need to have an interest in developing your contextual analysis skills and ability to write evaluations about theatre.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    Minimum Requirements - average point score of 5 including GCSE English and Drama at grade 5.


    Points calculation

    The average points score for entry to an A Level programme will be calculated using your 8 best GCSEs OR 6 GCSEs plus 1 technical qualification (equivalent to a maximum of 2 GCSEs and 10 points).

    From 2017 English Language, English Literature and Mathematics GCSE will be graded numerically (1 – 9. Grade 5 = a good grade C, grade 6 = grade B and grade 7 = grade A).


    To work out your average and find out more information, please see our Entry Requirements page.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    This depends on the combination chosen, but the subject is clearly very important for entry to degree courses in drama, theatre studies or performing arts, and is extremely useful to those who might wish to go to art school and specialise in designing for theatrical performance. The course can be very beneficial for those thinking of law or social science at university.

    The course will give you a strong advantage if you aim to progress to drama school to study for a degree in acting.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    Resources, trips etc. £80.

  • Are you aged over 19?

    Students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year may be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3. If you are aged 19-23 as at 31 August and this is your first full Level 3 you may not have to pay fees.

    Students who are 19-24 years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.


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