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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level (Pearson) at Hampton Sixth Form

Course description

Component 1- Devising (Internally assessed by teacher examiner)

Students create and develop a devised piece from a stimulus (free choice for centre). They will be exploring rehearsal techniques, styles and genres of theatre in order to create unique, imaginative and engaging pieces of theatre. Once the students have created their original piece it is performed in front of an audience and assessed by a teacher examiner.

A log is filled out during the process and is handed in at the end. The log needs to reflect on the creative process during the devising component.

Component 2: Performance from Text:  (Externally assessed by visiting examiner)

Students will perform in two extracts from a theatre text where they will take on the roles and have to develop and sustain dynamic characters. The two key extracts include monologues, duologues and group performances. The students have to perform their rehearsed extracts to an external examiner.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in the Process- (Written Examination)

Component 3 is a practical exploration and study of one complete performance text from a choice of eight performance texts given by the examining board but chosen by the teacher in charge. Students must also see a live play and analyse the plays performance conditions.

All practical work and analysis will be marked by means of a written examination (1 hour 30 minutes) at the end of the year.

Entry requirements

Having a C grade in GCSE Drama would be advisable however if a student requests a place without GCSE Drama, a portfolio of their external work needs to be shared. It is advisable that you have at least a 4/5 grade in English Literature due to the theoretical elements within the course.


Component 1- Devising (40%)

Component 2- Performance from Text (20%)

Component 3-Theatre Makers in Practice (40%)

This subject is linear in nature i.e. AS assessments do not count toward the final grade.

Future opportunities

Drama and Theatre Studies allow you to move on to any area in the performance industry from acting, directing and technical support to script writing, radio broadcasting and theatre management. It links with any other creative career that demands artistic flair.

Further information

Drama and Theatre Studies links with English, Psychology, Politics, Art, History and Media Studies.

Contact Mr Wood, Head of Department via e-mail at

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: 13 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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