Drama and Theatre Studies


A-Level Drama and Theatre studies is where live performance meets theoretical analysis. Practitioners and companies, theatrical styles and genres introduced at GCSE, are more extensively explored in this two year course. Analysing and evaluating texts and studying the semiotics of stagecraft will inform the development of your practical skills. Performances are accompanied by coursework, so the creative process is documented with research and links to key theatrical thinkers. Writing essays on how to stage a script allows students to deepen their knowledge of dramaturgy.

Board and Specification Code

AQA Specification Code 7262

Is Drama and Theatre For You?

You will develop your knowledge of the social, historical and political context of the plays and playwrights studied, considering the perspectives of the Director, Designer and Actor in the theatre making process. You will learn how to creatively collaborate in group and pair work to stage and perform extracts from a script. The opportunity to create your own work comes at the end of Year 13, when you devise an original piece of theatre.

Course content/components

  • Component 1 (40%) Written Paper: Analyses of two prescribed plays and live theatre production.
  • Component 2 (30%) Creating Original Drama: Working notebook 40 marks, Devised Performance, 20 marks.
  • Component 3 (30%) Making Theatre: Performance of an extract from a Play, 40 marks, Reflective Report, 20 marks.Recommended Entry Requirement

Recommend Entry Requirement

Grade 7 or above in Drama (if taken at GCSE), otherwise a passion for Drama, and an enjoyment of performing and working with others. A love of attending the theatre and possibly an interest in costume, lights or set design would also be useful.

Post-A Level options

The creative industries are one of the fastest growing and highest grossing sectors in the UK today. Universities and employers recognise Drama students as possessing both vital interpersonal skills and specialised cultural capital. The highly developed interpersonal skills and ability to articulate and ‘perform’ under pressure will be an advantage in your academic or professional career.