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Drama and Theatre Studies AS / 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.


Exam Board: AQA




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All students (16-18 year olds and 19+) on level 3 vocational and academic programmes will study two qualifications over the duration of their two-year course.


An example of this is BTEC students will study for a 90 credit qualification in the 1st year. Upon successful completion, they will be able to progress to the 2nd year and study a diploma/extended diploma qualification.


A level students will study AS Level in their first year and upon successful achievement will progress through to the full A Level in their second year.


UK and EU students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year will normally be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3.


Course fees (for learners aged 19+) may be charged as follows:

A Level programme (2 year course)
1 x A Level = £850 per annum
2 x A Levels = £1,700 per annum
3 x A Levels = £2,550 per annum

Plus registration/exam fees = £120 per A Level


Vocational programme (eg BTEC / CACHE / UAL)
90 credit qualification (year 1) = £2,550
Diploma/extended diploma qualification (year 2) = £2,550


Students who are 19+ 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.

  • What will I study and learn?

    Whilst studying AS/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?


    Unit 1 – Live Theatre Production Seen and Prescribed Play 40%: Written exam

    • Section A: You will be asked to evaluate a 'live' production you have seen.
    • Section B: Answering from the viewpoint of either a director, performer or designer, you will be asked to respond to a question about the play you have studied.

    Unit 2 – Presentation of an Extract from a Play 60%: Practical performance

    In groups you will rehearse and perform an extract of a play for an audience. You can be assessed as either a director, performer or designer. Your work should indicate which theatre practitioner has influenced your rehearsal process and final performance style.

    You will be assessed:

    • in rehearsal
    • in performance
    • through your supporting notes


    Unit 3 – Further Prescribed Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century 40%: Written exam

    • Section A: Answering from the viewpoint of either a director, performer or designer, you will be asked to respond to a question about the play you have studied.
    • Section B: Answering from the perspective of a director who is working with designers and actors, this question asks you to offer suggestions for a complete stage realisation of a short extract from the play you have studied

    Unit 4 – Presentation of Devised Drama 60%: Practical performance

    In groups you will create a piece of devised theatre, performed in a specific theatrical style and genre.

    You will be assessed:

    • in rehearsal
    • in performance
    • through your supporting notes
  • 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?

    You will need an average GCSE profile of 5.0 points for this course including GCSE English at grade 5 and Drama at grade C (provided your school offered this subject).

    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.

To Apply or Enquire

If you are interested in applying please fill out an application form. If you require more information please do not hesitate in sending us your queries via our enquiry form. We will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

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