Drama and theatre studies

Students will develop a variety of dramatic and theatrical skills- including performing, directing and critical evaluation, alongside an understanding and appreciation of drama and theatre in a social, cultural and historical context.

Through my studies of A Level Drama, I feel like I have developed not only as a performer, but as a person. The subject teachers are incredibly welcoming and have such expertise in their field; we are give all the tools we need to be as successful as we can be. 

Brittany Howard, Year 13

Entry Requirements

Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade 5 or above in both English Language and Mathematics and Grade 5 (equivalent) in at least 3 other GCSE/Level 2 qualifications. A Grade 5 or Level 2 Merit in a performance related subject is also required. Other related GCSE/Level 2 subjects may be considered. Guidance on acceptable related subjects can be provided by the Sixth Form Leadership Team

Course Overview

On this course you will study

The Drama & Theatre Studies is an exciting course that covers a variety of theatrical disciplines, genres, styles and skills: 

  • Component 1: Devising: This component focuses on the work of theatre makers and the various theatrical choices that are made by key members of the creative and production team in order to communicate ideas to an audience. Students will develop their creative and exploratory skills to devise an original performance. The starting point for this devising process will be a performance text and an influential theatre practitioner.
  • Component 2: Text in Performance: Students will develop and demonstrate theatre-making skills, appropriate to their role as a performer or designer. They will explore how they realise artistic intentions in performance. They will perform a monologue and a scripted group piece.
  • Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (written examination): Students will practically explore ‘Equus’ by Shaffer and ‘Woyzeck’ by Buchner considering how theatrical ideas might be realised in performance and communicated to create impact on an audience. They will need to consider how both performances, directors and designers use theatrical conventions and dramatic elements to realise ideas from the page to stage. Students will see a variety of live performances and will have to write a review as part of the written examination.

Component 1: Devising 40% of the qualification
Component 2: Text in Performance 20% of the qualification
Component 3: Written examination 40% of the qualification

Careers & Progression

A Level Drama and Theatre Studies is useful for students considering higher education in any Arts or Humanities subjects including:

  • English Language and Literature;
  • Journalism;
  • Dance;
  • Music;
  • Art and Design;
  • Media Studies.
Career opportunities for students who study A Level Drama
and Theatre Studies include:
  • Arts Theatre Administration;
  • Arts Journalism;
  • Director;
  • Actor;
  • Designer;
  • Playwright;
  • Stage Management;
  • Theatre Management;
  • Theatrical Agent;
  • Technician;
  • Broadcasting;
  • Media Presenting;
  • Education;
  • Drama Therapy and Scriptwriting.

    Where can I find out more?

    Point of contact:

    Sharon Godfrey

    Team Leader of Drama

    Contact Sharon Godfrey who looks after this Drama and theatre studies course on:

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