Drama and Theatre Studies A Level

Arts, Media and Publishing

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

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


AS: A one year course covering two units of study. Unit 1 is an opportunity to explore a set play practically and theoretically in preparation for a written exam. Unit 1 also demands students write about a piece of live theatre and therefore a theatre visit is a requirement of the course. Unit 2 is a practical coursework unit in which students perform an extract of a play inspired by a theatre practitioner.

A2: This is the second year of the course. A2 again cover two units. Unit 3 is a study of two set plays from a directorial point of view. Students study the play and produce their own creative overview for the plays in the written exam. Unit 4 is a practical coursework performance where students devise an original piece of drama in a style of their choice through. This performance is inspired by the student’s areas of


AS : Unit 1: Section A Live theatre Production Seen
Section B Set play
(1 hour 30 minutes written examination)
Unit 2: Performance of an extract from a play.
( externally moderated)
A2: Unit 3 : Study of two set plays
( 2 hour written examination)
Unit 4 : Performance of a devised piece of work.
( externally moderated)
Written examination = 60% Coursework = 40%




How will it be delivered?


Entry requirements

Grade C or above at Drama GCSE or equivalent skills.

Your next steps...

Opportunities to study Drama or Performing Arts at University or Music College. Career opportunities include Actor, Director, Administrator, Management or Technical positions in Theatre, Teaching (private, peripatetic, schools at all levels, further and higher education), Drama Therapy, Business and corporate training. You could take this course with other advanced level subjects such as an Applied GCE in Business to prepare for higher education, BTEC Higher Nationals or NVQ Levels 3 and 4 in areas of the Performing Arts or more general higher education courses.

With further training, you could go into a job related to the Performing Arts such as a Chorographer, Teacher, Theatre Director, or you may wish to perform on the stage. The course will also help you develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.