Drama and Theatre A Level

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

Code DR_Eduqas
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The A Level Drama and Theatre course aims to provide all students with key skills related to communication (verbal, non-verbal and written), analysis, collaboration and leadership through practical and academic study. It develops career opportunities as well as access to further or higher education courses within a range of fields, not just the performing arts. The course focuses on performance skills and practical work along with the study of a variety of texts, practitioners, creative exploration and directorial decisions. In addition, all students will investigate and experience the skills required to present and perform in productions, through personal involvement in performances and the observation of professional live theatre. We also provide opportunities for students to work with professional theatre companies. 


Skills gained will provide students with an understanding and ability to apply the methodologies and styles of different practitioners and theatre companies to pre-existing texts and the creation of devised work from a given stimulus. The study of play texts will not only increase student’s repertoire, but also develop their understanding of performance work from technical and directorial perspectives.  Extra-curricular activities such as trips and visits. Work Experience is offered by students running and directing workshops for KS3 as a student enterprise experience. In addition, departmental links with wider industry professionals can also lead to work experience opportunities, which is advised for those seeking further education or a career in the arts. For those not wishing to pursue drama further, the available work experience opportunities allow employers/admissions officers to see applicants in a very rounded way. 

How will it be delivered?

Students will follow 3 components across the two years, comprised of coursework and examination, as outlined below.

Component One Theatre Workshop (20% Practical, internally assessed) – Creation, development and performance of a piece of theatre based on a reinterpretation of an extract from the play ‘100’, performed using the work methodologies of Marianne Elliott, supported by a creative log.

Component Two Text in Action (40% Practical, externally assessed) - Creation, development and performance of two pieces of theatre, concluded with an evaluation report.

1) A devised piece, responding to a stimulus, using the techniques and working methods of Bertolt Brecht.

2) An extract from the text ‘Two faces’ performed in the style of Katie Mitchell.

Component Three Text in Performance (40% Written Exam, externally assessed)

1) Sections A+B = Open book: Two questions, based on two different texts, ‘Hedda Gabler’ by Henrik Ibsen written pre1956 and ‘Love and information’ by Carol Churchill written post-1956.

2) Section C = Closed book: A question based on a specified extract from ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' by Mark Haddon and adapted by Simon Stephens.

Entry requirements

2 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9- 4, including Drama or Expressive Arts. Mathematic and English (Minimum grade 4).  Students are encouraged to take part in the school productions/companies.

Your next steps...

The course is for students who are interested in a variety of careers, both in Acting or the Performing Arts, but also industries that involve elements of public speaking, leadership, empathy and teamwork. It is very useful for students wishing to work in a variety of Performing Arts related jobs as well as in the service industries. Other pathways can include; Events Management, Production Management, Arts Administration, Film and Theatre, Directing, Playwriting, Education, Presenting, Public Relations, Nursing and the list continues!