Course Outline

Drama A level 02This course is an examination of Drama and Theatre throughout history and requires students to develop their skills as a director, designer and performer. Whilst there are some performance tasks, this is not solely an acting course and students must be prepared to undertake independent research and develop an understanding of how theatre relates to the societies and time frames in which it was, and is, created.



Unit 1: Drama and Theatre. You will explore and study two set plays, from contrasting areas of theatre history, both practically and theoretically. You will also visit the theatre and develop the skills to evaluate live theatre analytically. You will then apply this knowledge to a written exam.




Unit 2: Creating Original Theatre. You will explore the work of one theatre practitioner (Brecht, Berkoff or Artaud). You will then research, develop, devise and perform your own piece of theatre from a clear stimulus.




Unit 3: Making Theatre. You will explore three plays practically. For two plays, you will perform a small extract, for one play you will take part in a larger group performance, which will be performed to an invited audience and practical examiner.


Entrance requirements and skills needed

An interest and willingness to perform is essential! However, this is not a solely acting course, you need to be prepared to watch, analyse, discuss and approach lots of different aspects of theatre.

Assessments - AQA qualification

Drama A level 01 The AS course is assessed by 60% internal controlled assessment and 40% written exam.
The A-Level course is assessed by 30% internal controlled assessment, 30% by external visiting examiner and 40% written exam.


Why Study Drama and Theatre Studies?

Drama and Theatre Studies A Level is accepted as an entrance qualification to all universities.

  • Some students continue to study degrees in different areas of the Performing Arts, alternatively Drama and Theatre Studies degrees can be combined with other subjects leading to a BA Honours degree
  • Many students use the skills from this course to gain employment in the creative industry, which is one of the biggest growing employment sectors in the UK. Whatever career you pursue, an A Level in Drama and Theatre Studies will develop clear transferable skills and enhance your employability within any field

Whatever career you pursue, an A Level in Drama and Theatre Studies will develop clear transferable skills and enhance your employability within any field.

  • Empathy, teamwork, following direction, public speaking, creativity, resilience, project management, problem solving, leadership, negotiation, memory, confident, communication, responding to feedback, listening.



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