A Level Drama and Theatre Studies


The AQA A Level Drama and Theatre Studies course emphasises practical creativity alongside research and theoretical understanding. Students learn through experience, seeing theatre and making theatre for themselves. Students are introduced to a wide range of theatrical styles and contexts as they explore plays practically, devise and work on performances. Students choose to develop as a: performer, designer (lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets), director or a combination of these. Whichever option they choose, students will gain many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand their horizons.


Enthusiasm, co-operation, commitment and creativity are vital for studying this course. It is suited to all students with a strong interest in the Performing Arts; students should have achieved a Grade 5 or above in GCSE Drama or a Grade 5 or above in GCSE Music or English.


This is a two year A Level course.


Unit 1 Drama and Theatre External Written Exam In this unit students develop knowledge and understanding of making, performing, interpreting and understanding drama and theatre. Students will study and explore practically two set plays.

This is a written exam that lasts 3 hours. The paper is split in to three sections: Section A: one question (from a choice) on one of the set plays

Section B: one three part question on a given extract from one of the set plays

Section C: one question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production.

Unit 2 Creating Original Drama Practical Exam In this unit you will explore technical performance skills with a focus on developing skills and techniques in at
least two performance styles.
For assessment, students must perform, direct or create realised designs for a devised group piece.
Unit 3 Making Theatre Practical Exam


In this unit you will complete a practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts (Extract 1, 2 and 3) each taken from a different play





Extract 3 is to be performed as a final assessed piece (students may contribute as performer, designer or director)

A Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts will be produced to accompany the performance.


Moving On

With a qualification in Theatre Studies, you could go onto higher education for work in: The performance or Media industry, Teaching, Arts administration, Human Resources, Public relations or any career demanding a high level of communication and management skills.