This course combines practical and academic theory to enhance your knowledge, understanding and ability to create, direct, perform and analyse Drama and Theatre. The skills and knowledge you will develop as part of the course can be easily transferred to and used in other subject areas and courses.
Component 1: Devising Coursework (40%)
  • Devise an original performance piece
  • Use one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli
  • Performer or designer routes available
  • A portfolio (60 marks)- can be handwritten/typed evidence between 2500–3000 words or recorded/verbal evidence
  • Between 12–14 minutes or a combination of handwritten/typed evidence (between 1250–1500 words) and recorded/verbal evidence (between 6–7 minutes)
  • The devised performance/design realisation (20 marks)
Assessment: Internally assessed and externally moderated.

Component 2: Text in Performance (20%)
  • A group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a performance text.
  • A monologue or duologue performance/design realisation from one key extract from a different performance text.
Assessment: External exam with visiting examiner.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (40%)
  • Live theatre evaluation
  • Practical exploration and study of a complete text – focusing on how this can be realised for performance.
  • Practical exploration and interpretation of another complete performance text, in light of a chosen practitioner – focusing on how this text could be reimagined for a contemporary audience.

Assessment: External written exam 2 hours 30 minutes
The vast majority of lessons are practical based with staff, and often students, leading the work. Students are encouraged and supported by staff to develop the ability to work independently and as part of a group. Subject knowledge and understanding is developed in practical lessons, but also in more traditional teacher-led classroom-based sessions. Students are encouraged to use skills and knowledge from other subject areas to enhance and develop their ability to create, perform and analyse drama. Theatre visits are also an essential part of the course and generally take place in the evening.

This course is a challenging and exciting one and requires students to be highly motivated, creative, articulate and able to accept and respond to constructive criticism. This course is open to students who have not studied GCSE Drama.
Past students have studied drama alongside a wide range of subjects, from Arts and the Humanities to Sciences and have gone on to study Criminology, Business Studies, English, Media and Nursing, as well as Drama, at university A level Drama and Theatre is accepted by all universities including the Russell Group.

Students with A level Drama and Theatre Studies are perceived as being excellent communicators, creative, solution-seeking and confident team players; qualities employers look for and desire in their future employees.