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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. 

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

Phoebe Wilson

Phoebe has a BA(Hons) in Theatre and Performance from the University of Leeds where she specialised in devising original theatre pieces. Her favourite practitioner is Bertolt Brecht.

Phoebe said: “Drama and Theatre studies is a creative course that allows you to express your ideas both practically and theoretically. You will have the opportunity to study engaging pieces of Theatre and interesting practitioners to understand their style and vision, as well as attending Theatre trips to observe professional performances. This should inspire you when devising your very own performance, where you have the freedom to develop your ideas. You will also read and perform scripted work from a variety of plays, which will be performed to an audience. Not only will this course broaden your understanding of the field, but you will also develop useful transferable skills, like teamwork and communication, which can be applicable to an array of future destinations.”

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