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Drama and Theatre Studies - A LEVEL ONLY at King Edward VII

Course description

This is a two year A Level course; you will not complete an AS after a year. Over the two years you will study two texts from a performance, design and analytical perspective, placing the works in their dramatic contexts and considering a range of interpretations based on the application of a range of conventions. You will see and review live theatre. These elements will be assessed in the written exam.

You will also look at the ideas of a range of theorists and practitioners in order to prepare you for the practical elements.  You will produce a performance of an extract from a play and practically explore another two extracts from different plays, the performance showing the clear influence of one of the practitioners studied; you will also devise an original piece of drama from a stimulus, informed by another practitioner. The aim of the course is for you to become an expert in Theatre, not just acting.

Entry requirements

You need to have a GCSE in Drama or Performing Arts, usually with a grade B or better.  In circumstances where you were not able to take a GCSE in Drama, experience in performance or the theatre outside school may be acceptable.  If you have taken a BTEC only, it is important that you talk to us about the significance of the written component in this course as it may be very different to what you are used to. Because of the rigour of academic study, you should also have a grade 5 or better, in English or English Literature at GCSE, but we can discuss this further if you have a grade 4.

To ensure that the subjects you have chosen fit into our timetable please click the link below to download our subject blocking timetable.  Please note that this may be subject to change depending on course demand or staffing.

NOTE: The school reserves the right NOT to run courses where the number of students is not viable.




The practical element of the course is worth 60% but involves two substantial pieces of writing (30%) submitted alongside the practical work and sent off to the exam board to be moderated. The performance of your original piece of theatre is marked in-centre and then a recording send off to the exam board to be moderated with your written work. The performance of your extract from a play is marked by a visiting examiner.

You have one 3 hour written examination (40%) in June of Y13 which will focus on set texts and reviews of live Theatre.  The focus is on practical theatrical understanding and interpretation. 

Future opportunities

We follow the AQA course because some universities respect it as a fully demanding academic A level, which is not the case with other courses. You will be able to use your A level to gain admission to Theatre Studies and Theatre Studies/English courses, as a very useful qualification for admission to English Literature courses and as a valuable additional A level for any degree. Of course, many of our students study Drama at University or go on to train as actors.

Additionally, if most of your A levels are in non-Arts subjects, your success in Theatre Studies will demonstrate your impressive versatility to universities.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 04 November 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 104 Weeks