Drama & Theatre Studies A-Level

Join us for this challenging and rewarding A-Level that combines academic and practical skills, while developing your performance, analysis and critique of theatre. You’ll develop and perform classical and contemporary text extracts and create your own original devised piece of theatre.




Level 3

Course Type

16 +


A Level


Options Course Code Starts Ends
apply 03114y1 09/09/24 19/06/26

What will I study?

On this course you will explore your textual and performance analysis abilities and practical performance skills to increase your understanding of how theatre works, and to develop you as a performer and director.

In the first year of the course we explore different styles of theatre and you will have the opportunity to develop both your analytical and research skills as you study the contexts and themes behind key dramatic texts. You will explore these through practical workshops, leading to your own written reports and performance presentations, which demonstrate your practical ideas and ability.

In your second year you will create and perform your own piece of devised theatre, and perform your final chosen text extract to an external examiner. Both of these projects will be supported by a 3000 word piece of coursework. You will watch and evaluate live theatre and analyse two set texts in preparation for your final examination at the end of year 2

The course will help you develop your subject specific skills related to performance and the theatre, as well as various transferrable academic and personal skills.

On this course you will have the opportunity to go on a number of trips. In the past we have seen productions in Brighton, Chichester and London and had tours of Shakespeare’s Globe and the National Theatre. Students have also done workshops at the Globe as well as with Frantic Assembly.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?

A GCSE grade 4 in English Language and grade 4 in Drama (if taken).

How will I be assessed?

Final assessments for all components are in the second year, although the work that you develop and create in year 1 contributes towards these. Component 3 is the creation and performance of a text extract together with a written report on three text extracts you have studied (30% of overall mark) Component 2 is the creation and performance of a piece of devised theatre together with a development process workbook/report (30% of overall mark) Component 1 is your final written exam, three sections, on two set texts and a live production. (40% of overall mark)

The overall assessment balance is 70% academic / 30% practical

What qualification will I achieve?

Once you have completed this course, you will achieve an A-Level in Drama and Theatre Studies graded A* - E.

What can I do after completing this course?

This popular subject can prepare you for a specialist or more general course at university, or at drama school. Past students are currently studying or have studied at a range of universities such as Cambridge, Royal Holloway, Kent, UEA, Manchester and Leeds, as well as Central School of Speech and Drama, East 15, Rose Bruford and Guildhall.

Are there any extra costs?

As well as the £35 materials fee, £45 for trips and visits. These form a crucial part of your career development

Additional Info

Outside reading is a real asset to the course and a reading list is given out during induction week in September. We will also offer you a number of theatre trips throughout the year to see new and challenging theatre being made now. The more you read and the more theatre you can see the better.