A-Level Drama & Theatre Studies

Why Drama & Theatre?

Studying drama and theatre at A level gives you the opportunity explore a wide range of play texts, theatre genres and dramatic styles as a performer, director and audience member. Through a range of creative and inspiring units, you will develop your skills to experiment with practical ideas, deepen your understanding of building and presenting performance work as an actor or designer and develop your ability to evaluate the drama and theatre created and watched. This course is ideal for anyone who is inspired by drama and theatre and keen to progress as a performer, director and/or designer. The course is highly regarded due to its practical and theoretical demands. 

What can I expect?

The A Level course will be assessed through a combination of a written examination and non-examined assessment. The non-examined assessment will include performance or design work based on texts studied and devised material explored. Through written and practical responses, you will be expected to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of complete play texts and key extracts, the work and methodologies of influential theatre practitioners and companies and scripted and devised performance. 

What do I need?

A Grade 4 or above at GCSE level is essential and wider experience of drama and theatre is desirable. If you have not taken drama at GCSE level but have an aptitude for performance work, this will be considered. The course is practically demanding and students are expected to experiment with contrasting performance styles and forms. In order to succeed, you will need to demonstrate the skills of commitment, collaboration and determination throughout the rehearsal and performance process. In addition, the theoretical demands of the course are high and you should be able to evaluate the drama and theatre explored, created and watched with understanding and insight. 

What about the future?

The study of drama and theatre opens a pathway to many possible careers within the performing arts industry including: acting for stage or screen, directing, producing, writing, technical or design work with a focus on lighting, sound, costume, make up or set, teaching and theatre in education, drama therapy, community drama work. In addition, the skills gained through the study of drama and theatre can lead to successful careers in various fields: law, media, publicity, business management, social work and many more.

“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players.”
William Shakespeare, As You Like It