AS/A Level Drama and Theatre Studies

Exam Board


Course Entry Requirement

6 English and 6 Maths. GCSE Drama is an advantage.

Course Overview

A Level

  • Component 1 - Theatre workshop: A reinterpretation of a text
  • Component 2 - Text in Action: Two performances - One devised and one scripted from a stimuli
  • Component 3 - Text in Performance: A written exam where learners study two texts and answer as a set designer, actor or director

AS Level

  • Component 1 - This unit allows students to practically demonstrate how style, form and structure as well as characterisation can be demonstrated in a performance
  • Component 2 - This unit offers

Students the chance to demonstrate their knowledge of specialist terminology from the viewpoint of an actor, designer and director in a written context.


AS Level

  • Component 1 - Scripted performance from a text, a reinterpretation of a text and two creative logs (60% of AS mark)
  • Component 2 - Externally marked 2 hour written exam (40% of AS mark)

A Level

  • Component 1 - Practical reinterpretation of a text (20% of A Level mark)
  • Component 2 - Externally assessed unit of two performances (40% of A Level mark)
  • Component 3 - Externally assessed 2 hour and 30 minute written paper (40% of A Level mark)

Support Materials

Any Specialist Equipment Required?

Scripts which are provided by the department

Key Dates

Exams will take place across the year, dates to be confirmed

Clubs or Interventions

Interventions are every Wednesday after school

Future Careers/Uni Courses

Many students decide to further their training at Drama School or University. Drama is a subject which is looked on favourably by Universities for many subjects including Law, English and Politics.

Careers include:

  • Actor
  • Director
  • Set Design
  • Solicitor
  • Journalism
  • Politician

Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural (SMSC)

The Drama course lends itself to a wide range of Spiritual, Moral, Cultural and Social studies. Students will analyse, engage with and question their own and others work, identify how beliefs, values and meanings are expressed and shared. Students are encouraged to express themselves through their performance work, which is supported by strong research into the wider world around them. This is reinforced by trips to the theatre and workshops by visiting practitioners and theatre companies. The department undertakes a number of extra-curricular activities that enhance the students’ experience of Drama and Theatre.

Spiritual Development

The Drama course is dependent on the students’ ability to enquire and communicate, their ideas, meanings and feelings. Students will investigate visual, tactile and other sensory qualities of their own and others work. We encourage independent thinking that will enable students to develop their ideas and intentions and express these in an appropriate manner.

Moral Development

Throughout the course students are encouraged to look at work that will often pose a moral question. The student’s outcomes are supported with a rationale or a meaning that will often convey a message.

Social Development

Student’s work is celebrated throughout the school and their performances are well attended by staff and peers alike. Regular group and pair work in Drama lessons, supporting one another in a variety of projects in order to enhance team-working skills.

Cultural Development

Throughout the units of work explored Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of practitioner ideas and concepts identifying how meanings are conveyed. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of cultures, beliefs and religions.

  • Students are taught to give and receive positive criticism in order to inform ideas and decisions about their work
  • Student discussion of a range of practitioner and playwright work, encouraging and developing communication skills
  • Students are required to research a wide range of theatre companies, practitioners and playwrights to link their findings to their own work
  • Trips to the West End and other London theatres are used to help influence and link to personal projects
  • Students are encouraged to experiment with a variety of traditional and non-traditional dramatic processes.
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