Drama & Theatre Studies

Why study A level Drama & Theatre Studies

A Level Drama and Theatre Studies provides students with a practical and inspiring experience of theatre and performance.This qualification places emphasis on 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.

This specification refines students’ collaborative skills, their analytical thinking and their approach to research. Students grow in confidence and maturity as they successfully realise their own ideas and learn to evaluate objectively and develop a sound appreciation of the influences that cultural and social contexts can have on making theatre. Students who take this course find they develop trusting and lasting relationships with their peers and produce some of the finest quality performance work.

What are the careers or further education that this course be suitable for?

Students of AQA Drama and Theatre develop skills that are not just essential for drama but applicable to a wide range of higher education subjects and in the workplace. Higher education institutions value and respect the skills drama and theatre students acquire on the course. This qualification prepares students for a wide range of courses including: drama and theatre studies, performing arts, acting, creative & expressive arts and media studies.

AQA A Level Drama and Theatre Studies also prepares students for a range of careers including: Actor/Performer, Teacher, Events Management, Drama Therapist, Lawyer, Theatre Director and Community Arts Worker.

Key Information Summary:

Course TitleDrama & Theatre Studies
Examination BoardAQA
Linear Qualification?Yes
Course Webpagehttp://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/a-level/drama-and-theatre-7262
Entry RequirementsGrade 5 in English language or literature.
It is helpful to have studied drama up to GCSE level but any relevant interest and experience in theatre is valid.
Contact TeachersMr D Hussin: dhussin@wilmslowhigh.cheshire.sch.uk
Miss E Benson: ebenson@wilmslowhigh.cheshire.sch.uk


Course Details:
Students can be surprised by the demanding nature of A Level Drama and Theatre Studies as the this course is designed to be challenging and highly creative. It combines both the academic and practical aspects of theatre and performance and students should have a passion and enthusiasm for the subject. As part of the course, students will be taken to see a variety of live theatre which is expected to influence written answers and performance work. It is also expected learners will seek opportunities to attend the theatre in their own time to broaden their awareness and appreciation of drama and theatre.

A Level – 2 Year Course

Component 1: Drama and Theatre – Examined by AQA

40% of A Level (80 marks)

3 hour written exam (Open Book)


Section A: Answer ONE question on a play text –

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

(25 marks)


Section B: Answer one question (three parts) on an extract from the   play text Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker

(30 marks)


Section C: Answer one question on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production

(25 marks)

Component 2: Creating Original Drama – Examined by Teacher and Moderated by AQA

30% of A Level (60 marks)


Devised Practical Performance

Working Notebook (2,000 words)


Component 3:Making Theatre (Practical) – Examined by AQA

30% of A Level (60 marks)


Practical Exploration of 3 extracts from different plays

Performance of Extract 3 – influenced by   practitioner

Reflective Analytical Report (3,000 words)