Drama and Theatre Studies

Qualification: A-Level

Awarding Body:
Length of Course:
2 Years

The Drama and Theatre course combines the academic study of drama theory and theatre practice with the active, practical application of drama and theatre skills in a more informal ‘workshop’ style setting. Throughout the course, students are introduced to the key skills, concepts and theories of significant key theatre practitioners and study several set texts from a performance perspective. Practical work focuses on the interpretation of printed scripts and the development of an original devised piece created by the group.

This course is designed for students who have an interest in theatre, who are keen to participate in performances either as performers, directors or designers and who want to develop their skills in one or more of these areas.


A-Level Drama and Theatre

Component 1: Drama and Theatre

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
  • Study of two set plays, from different genres and eras
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

Assessment: Written exam – 3hrs

  • 40% of ‘A’ level    Externally marked


Component 2: Creating Original Drama

  • Practical Performance
  • Process of creating devised drama
  • Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer, designer or director)
  • Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner

Assessment: Working notebook = 40 marks, Devised performance = 20 marks.

  • 30% of ‘A’ level. Internally assessed and externally moderated.


Component 3: Making Theatre

  • Interpretation of three extracts (Extract 1, 2 and 3) each taken from a different play
  • Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to Extract 3
  • Extract 3 is to be performed as a final assessed piece (students may contribute as performer, designer or director)
  • Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts

Assessment: External assessment

  • 30% of ‘A’ level  External assessment


Relevance to Further Studies and Careers

Some students may choose to study the subject further at university, either as a stand-alone subject or as part of a Joint Honours degree, but Drama and Theatre is also very good choice at A-level for anyone intending further study in any Arts subject as it develops skills in critical analysis. It particularly complements the study of English Literature, History, Modern Languages, Technology subjects and other Creative Arts subjects such as Music or Art.

Although some Drama and Theatre Studies students may be interested in pursuing a career within the Performing Arts sector, the skills developed on this course are also highly transferable: employers recognise that Drama and Theatre students are creative, confident communicators, able to organise and prioritise their own workload and work both independently and collaboratively.




Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE English

Further Information

Students do not need to have studied Drama previously. However, a strong and active interest in the subject is vital, as is a willingness to take a full and active part in practical work. Because of the strong weighting towards the academic elements of the course, students will require a good pass in English Language and/ or Literature. Students should also be prepared to attend extra rehearsals sessions and undertake theatre visits outside of normal school hours