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Drama A-Level

Course Description

Unit 1 – Exploration of Drama and Theatre (40% of AS)
Unit 2 – Theatre Text in Performance (60% of AS)

Unit 3 – Exploration of Dramatic Performance (40% of A2)
Unit 4 – Theatre Text in Context (60% of A2)

  • Practical and written work for Units 1 and 3 are internally assessed by the class teacher and moderated by the exam board.
  • Performances in Unit 2 are assessed in school by an external examiner.
  • Exam scripts for Unit 4 are externally assessed.

Study Requirements
  • Regular written tasks to discuss performances or interpretations will be set alongside practice exam questions.
  • Students will need to read widely a range of plays and academic writing.
  • Students will require research and independent study skills.
  • Study periods may need to be used when rehearsing performance pieces.
Course Entry Requirements

It is not necessary for students to have studied GCSE Drama providing there is a commitment to the subject during, after, or outside of usual school activities.  It is recommended that students have a minimum of grade B in English at GCSE level.

Additional Information

Acting is not the only career you can achieve from this qualification! Employers desire people who can communicate, analyse and have confidence to stand out from the crowd which is what this course also aims to develop.

Students will be expected to develop, market and perform pieces of theatre to a wide range of audiences with confidence.

Students will be expected to take advantage of a number of specially arranged theatre visits and performances during the course.

The course provides excellent opportunity to develop group and team skills as well as individual self-esteem and confidence.


A Level Drama and Theatre Studies is an excellent grounding for many degrees equipping students with the following essential skills; researching, selecting and editing information, academic writing, presenting skills, team work, leadership, confidence, vocal awareness and an awareness of the body in space.  It is useful for students considering Higher Education in any arts or humanities subject including English Language and Literature, Journalism, Dance, Music, Art and Design, and Media Studies.Career opportunities for students who study A-level Drama and Theatre Studies include: Arts/theatre administration, arts journalism, director, actor, designer, playwright, stage management, theatre management, theatrical agent, technician, broadcasting, media presenting, education, drama therapy and scriptwriting.