Key Stage 5

We are thrilled to be introducing A-Level Drama and Theatre into our sixth form curriculum. Teaching will commence in September 2020.

Studying Drama A-Level is a fantastic opportunity to explire Drama and Theatre in both a practical and academic context. Students are encouraged to be curious about issues and ideas and will develop a creative instinct for communicating their views through Drama. Through an engaging programme of study, students will explore a range of texts focusing on performace, design, review and analysis. Drama and Theatre not only holds academic value, but also encourages further development of a wide range of transferable skills that are invaluable for life beyond education. 

During the course students will study two contrasting set texts, which require them to articulate how they would perform certain scenes; this puts practical work at the heart of the specification. They will also be asked to demonstrate an understanding of the historic and social context of each play. Students will analyse and evaluate live theatre and apply this knowledge to their own practical work. 


Devising and working with texts provides the main framework for the course; students will participate in creating their own devised piece, implementing stylistic features of a range of practitioners, and performing extracts from a range of contemporary and classic theatre texts.

How am I assessed?

Exam board: Edexcel (9DR0)

A-Level Drama and Theatre is predominantly non-examined assessment, with 60% of assessment being completed throughout the course. The written examination is completed at the end of the course and is worth 40% of your overall grade.

The main areas of study at A-Level are:

Component 1: Devising

 Non-examined assessment = 40%

Devise an original performance piece using a key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli. 


Component 2: Text in Performance

Non-examined assessment = 20%

A performance/ design realisation of one key extract from a performance text.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice

Written examination = 40%

Live theatre evaluation.

Practical exploration and study of a complete performance text – focusing on how this can be realised in performance. 

Practical exploration and interpretation of another complete performance text, from the perspective of a theatre practitioner – focusing on how the text could be re-imagined for a contemporary audience.


Future opportunities? 

Drama prepares you for a wide range of careers and can increase employability across many disciplines. It can lead to further study in Drama, Theatre Studies and Performing Arts at Higher Education degree or HND level. However, it also adds breadth to university applications and demonstrates students undertaking of a broad programme of study. A number of universities offer courses combining Drama with other subjects, such as English, History and Psychology.

Following the Russell Group Universities announcing the removal of their ‘preferred’ A-Level list and encouragement of students to study Arts subjects, students holding an A-Level in Drama are highly valued and respected for the academic nature of the new A-Level course and the extensive transferable skills it imparts. 

Career options

Acting, direction, stage management, theatre design, costume design, arts administration, cinematography, writing, performance art, copywriting, drama therapy, youth and community work, work in the social sector, teaching, marketing, business, journalism, law and politics.

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