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Drama and Theatre Studies

Over two years you will have the opportunity to study and research a range of published plays, learning how to approach these from both a director’s and performer’s perspective. You will learn about acting skills and apply these in scripted and devised work, creating group performances in preparation for a practical performance exam. Regular visits to the theatre will be expected to draw inspiration for both your practical and written work.

Subject content

The course is comprised of three components:

Component One – includes the study of two set plays and the analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers.

Component Two – involves creating and performing devised drama.

Component Three – involves practical exploration and interpretation of three script extracts from different plays, one of which is performed as a final assessed piece.

Please note: You will study a variety of material, including some pieces of drama featuring challenging issues, to ensure you gain a
rounded perspective of the subject.

This course is an award of AQA. Read the course specification.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE Grade 4 or above in Drama or equivalent performance-based qualification and GCSE grade 5 in English Language.

Learning methods

You will learn through discussions, independent research, group work, practical performance and audience feedback.


Assessment is by a written paper for Component One, performance and working notebook for Component Two and a performance and written report for Component Three.

Progression opportunities

A Level Drama and Theatre Studies will train you from both a practical performance and an academic point of view. Students have gone on to study a range of Higher Education courses, including English, sociology, teaching and degree courses in drama or acting. Many students also enter the professional industry of performing arts.

Meet the A Level expert

Shannon Walker

Shannon studied Drama and Performing Arts at both BTEC and degree level and graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a PGCE in Post-16 and Further Education.

Shannon said: “Drama and Theatre Studies is a creative and practical based course, allowing you to explore creativity, confidence, teamwork, critical analysis and performance skills through a wide variety of plays and practitioners. You’ll take part in practical classes and workshops, alongside watching and reviewing live productions, developing writing and research skills and even creating and devising your own performances. The skills you’ll learn can benefit future progression to university and are transferable to a large number of different careers.”


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