Drama and Theatre Studies

DepartmentDrama 

Type of Qualification: A Level  

Exam BoardEdexcel 

Additional Entry Requirements6 in Drama GCSE 

Why study Drama and Theatre? 

Drama and Theatre is an exploration of theatre in all forms. To succeed at A Level, students must have a love of theatre, performance and deconstruction of ideas and concepts. Equally you will be interested in going to the theatre to see plays performed by different theatre companies and sourcing scripts for your own performances. 

Course Content 

10% Performance and 30% Portfolio: (Year 1) 

  • Devised Piece: a group piece based upon a stimulus that is written, designed and staged by the students with guidance from teachers.  
  • Portfolio: All students must produce a portfolio documenting the practical exploration of the one key extract and practitioner, along with the analysis and evaluation of this process and the group performance/design realisation. (2500-3000 words)  

20% Performance: (Year 2) 

  • Group piece – extract performed from a complete play text 
  • Monologue (2-3 minutes) or Duologue (4-6 minutes) 

40% Written Examination: (Year 2) 

  • A live theatre evaluation. 
  • Page to stage: realisation of one key extract from a performance text. 
  • Interpreting one complete performance text, in light of one practitioner for a contemporary audience as a director. 

Careers in Drama and Theatre Studies 

This course can lead to further study in Drama / Theatre / Performing Arts at degree level. It may lead on to a career in any industry due to the inherent transferable skills it provides students. 

Drama and Theatre Advanced GCE complements a range of subjects and is useful in building confidence and improving presentation skills in a range of careers. Oxford University recently reported that students with Drama and Theatre have unique skills that benefit successful Law and Medical students.