Choosing your A levels

Drama and Theatre Studies

Introduction

Drama and Theatre Studies is where performance meets theoretical analysis. Knowledge of practitioners touched on in GCSE will be more extensively and widely explored at A level. Reading on-stage action through understanding semiotics and evaluating acting skills form the basis of a developed understanding of Drama, gained over the two-year course.

Board and Specification Code

AQA Specification Code 7262

Is Drama and Theatre For You?

Students will deepen their understanding of theatrical style and genre, learn about the context in which playwrights were creating their work and reflect on their own process as a theatre maker. They will develop skills as a performer, deviser, director or in the capacity of the technical production arts.

Course content/components

  • Component 1 (40%) Written Paper.
  • Analysis 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

Grade 7/A 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 is 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.

I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being. This supremacy of the theatre derives from the fact that it is always ‘now’ on stage

Thornton Wilder