Exam Board: AQA

  • How do performers, designers and directors communicate meaning to an audience?
  • How do plays relate to their historical, social and cultural context?
  • How can a play’s style, dramatic structure and use of characterisation be interpreted and realised in performance?
  • How can you apply the ideas of theatrical practitioners to your own work?


Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Maths and English Language.


Is this course for me?

  • You want to study a subject which has a balance of theory and practical work.
  • You enjoy group work and have excellent attendance.
  • You have a keen interest in theatre and enjoy going to see performances.
  • You wish to broaden your knowledge and understanding of theatre and the way it operates.
  • You enjoy working from written texts as well as devising your own original work.


Where does it lead?

Drama & Theatre Studies is not only for those who wish to pursue a career in the theatre. Through studying it you will develop personal skills such as self-confidence and the ability to work with others. The balance of practical skills and academic knowledge helps students to develop cross-curricular skills that include writing, speaking and the ability to analyse and organise information. Many students choose to go on to further study and move on to University. There are several combined degree courses which place Drama & Theatre Studies alongside subjects such as English or Media Studies, as well as specialised degrees in Drama, Theatre Studies and Acting. It is valued by universities as a subject connected to both the Arts and the Humanities.


What will I learn?

Component 1: Drama & Theatre

What’s assessed
- Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
- Study two set plays (‘A Servant of Two Masters’ and ‘Our Country’s Good’)
- Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers


How it is assessed
- Written examination: 3 hours
- Open book
- 80 Marks
- 40% of the A Level

- Section A: 1 Q on ‘A Servant of Two Masters’ (25 marks)
- Section B: one three part question on an extract from ‘Our Country’s Good’ (30 marks)
- Section C: one question on the work of theatre makers in a single theatre production (25 marks)


Component 2: Creating Original Drama (Practical)

What’s assessed
- Process of creating drama
- Performance of devised drama
Devised piece is to be influenced by the work and methodologies of a theatre practitioner.


How is it assessed
- Working notebook (40 marks)
- Devised performance (20 marks)
- 60 marks in total
- 30% of the A Level


This component is marked internally by your teacher, but externally moderated by AQA


Component 3: Making Theatre (Practical)

What’s assessed
- Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts, each taken from a different play
Methodology and practice of a theatre practitioner (different to component 2) to be used for extract 3. Extract 3 to be performed to a visiting examiner
- Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all 3 extracts


How is it assessed
- Performance of Extract 3 (40 marks)
- Reflective report (20 Marks)
- 60 Marks in total
- 30% of the A Level


This component is marked by AQA


How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through a mixture of devised and scripted practical performances, 2 written reports and a written examination (Component 1 makes up 40% and Component 2 and 3 each make up 30% of your final qualification).

Component 2 is examined at the end of year one. Component 3 is examined in the 2nd term of year two and Component 1 is assessed during the summer term of year two.



What activities can I get involved in?

You will have the chance to see numerous professional performances throughout the year as well as shows streamed to cinemas. You may also have the opportunity to perform to an audience of family and friends through the Drama A Level showcase evenings. There is a whole college production that students will have the opportunity to audition for.

The Drama department runs an annual London trip, which includes an overnight stay and two theatre shows. Furthermore, there is a cross College trip to New York.  



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