What does the course involve?

The course is the study of theatre. Students will explore set texts; see live performances; study the methodologies of key Drama practitioners; and create their own practical work in response to work studied. Much of the work done in class is practical but this is an academic course at heart. Students will explore theatre as actors, designers and directors.


What qualifications do I need?

This course is suitable for students who have achieved a grade ‘4’ or above in English.  GCSE Drama is desirable but not essential. A commitment to go to the theatre to see plays performed by different theatre companies is vital.  Students need to be able to work as part of a team, working collaboratively to deadlines.



Component 1 - Drama and Theatre.  Written exam- 3 hours. 40% of A Level

Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre

Much of the work in class exploring the set texts is practical as students need to be able to answer questions from the perspective of actors, directors and designers. We will explore the social, cultural and historical context of both plays.  For live theatre, the department organises at least 3 theatre trips every year to give students a wide variety of experiences to both inform their own practical work but also for Section C of the written exam. 

  • Section A- one question (from a choice) on a set pre-twentieth century play (25 marks)
  • Section B- one three part question on a given extract from a set modern play (30 marks)
  • Section C- One question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (25 marks)

Component 2 - Creating Original Drama (practical). Marked by teachers and moderated by the exam board. 30% of A Level

Process of creating devised drama

  • Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer, designer or director). Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner.
  • We will explore the work of different practitioners and theatre companies to support work on both Component 2 and 3 of the course. Students will choose their own stimulus as a starting point for their work.
  • Students will complete a portfolio that documents the creative process of devising and rehearsing.
  • The final performance will be in the Spring of Year 12


Component 3 - Making Theatre (practical). Externally examined. 30% of A Level

Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts, each taken from a different play. Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to Extract 3.

  • Extract 3 is to be performed as a final assessed piece to a visiting examiner (students may contribute as performer, designer or director).
  • Reflective report is completed before the exam, analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts.


Future Prospects

Many of our students have gained places at University to study directing, acting, theatre design, stage management, film, teaching, law, events management, architecture, marketing and translating.


Further Information




Videos from the Department

Meet Mrs Goodwill, Head of Drama, who discusses the course with some of our current Year 13 students