A Level Drama & Theatre Studies

Entry Guidance

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or better. No more than two applied courses can count towards this total and each applied course counted has the equivalence of only one GCSE, regardless of its nominal size. In addition, students must achieve the specific entry requirements which may apply to this course.

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Typical Syllabus Outline

There are two units in AS Drama & Theatre Studies:

Unit 1: Exploration of Drama and Theatre. You will study two texts practically and complete a set of written notes. You will also review a live performance. This unit is marked by your teacher.

Unit 2:Theatre Text in Performance. There are two sections for this. Section one requires you to offer a monologue or duologue. Section two requires you to contribute to a performance of a published play. This unit is marked by an external examiner.

There are two units in A2 Drama & Theatre Studies:

Unit 3: Exploration of Dramatic Performance. You will work collaboratively to create an original piece of theatre. You will keep a written record of the piece’s development. This unit is marked by the teacher and externally moderated.

Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context. There are two sections in this unit. The first section requires you to study a set play from the point of view of a director. The second section requires you to see a live performance of a play, to study and research its original performance and to study and research its original performance conditions. For this unit, you will be assessed in a written examination of two hours and 30 minutes.


By examination and performance


A qualification in Drama & Theatre Studies will provide you with the tools to work as part of a team to create drama and perform the work of others and carry out independent research and study. This course will enable students to apply for academic study at university or practical drama at drama school.

The Performing Arts is a varied and diverse industry. Drama & Theatre Studies A Level can be a good foundation to prepare you for employment in this field. However, it can also be good grounding for other careers such as Law, Education, Hospitality or any other field in which inter-personal skills are valued