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A Level Drama & Theatre Studies - New Linear A Level at Barton Court Grammar School

Course description

The Drama & Theatre Studies course covers both practical and theoretical aspects of the subject. Whereas GCSE primarily focuses on developing students as performers, at advanced level students develop their directing and technical/designing skills, as well as learning more sophisticated and varied styles of performance. They will watch and analyse a variety of live productions, looking at both established work in the west end and fresh new productions touring locally.

Course content

1. Drama and theatre

2. Creating original drama

3. Making theatre 

Entry requirements

Sixth Form entry requirements, including English at grade 6 or Drama at grade B (if studied at GCSE).


Unit 1 3 Hour Written Examination 40% • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre • Study of two set plays (one pre-20th century, one 20th or 21st century) • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers.

Unit 2 Creating Original Drama 30 % • Process of creating devised drama • Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer, designer or director) • Assessed through a working notebook (40 marks) and a performance (20 marks)

Unit 3 Making Theatre 30% • Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts each taken from a different play. • Assessed through a reflective report of all extracts (20 marks) and performance of third extract (40 marks)

Future opportunities

Studying Drama & Theatre Studies at A Level gives you access to a range of career and higher education opportunities. It is a subject which links closely with English, art, film studies and music and is vital if students wish to pursue a career in the arts and entertainment world. However, students of Drama & Theatre Studies will also develop and have tangible evidence of many essential skills required for careers such as teaching, business, project management and law. LAMDA qualifications may be offered alongside the course for appropriate candidates.

Further information

Speak to Mrs Baker, Lead Teacher of Drama, or go to

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: 05 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years