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Course description

A Level Drama and Theatre takes a contemporary approach to studying the subject.  You will build on what you learnt at GCSE to develop key skills in performance and learn how to analyse and evaluate a range of theatrical texts. 

Course content

In the A Level qualification there is 60% non-exam assessment and 40% exam assessment.  The qualification requires a large practical commitment as much of the A Level is performance based.  As such you will study, explore and interpret performance through staging and devising plays as well as text and practitioner exploration.  The exam at the end of the final year requires analysis and review writing skills and as such attendance on theatre trips will be expected.

During the full A level qualification you will study five performance texts:

  • One full text (chosen by the centre) for 'Exploring and performing texts' component.
  • A second full text (chosen from a selection of eight set texts) which is studied in depth during the course and tested during the 'Deconstructing texts for performance' exam assessment
  • An extract from a text, chosen by the centre to support students understanding for the 'Practitioners in Practice' devised performance
  • Two further extracts from texts, form a set list to fit a thematic title.  These are explored practically throughout the course and students are assessed in the exam assessment.



Entry requirements

5 GCSE's at Grade 4 or above.  (Minimum grade 5/Merit in GCSE Drama/BTEC Performance.  Speak to the Head of Department Mrs Hamlyn at Royds School or Mr Bennett at Brigshaw if you didn't study Drama at GCSE).


This course is assesed through practical work in lessons and written coursework.  The Performance exam in Unit 2 is assessed by a visiting examiner and performed in front of an invited audience.  In Year 13, students are assessed through the creation and performance of a devised piece of theatre, coursework and a written exam.

Financial information

You will also need a small amount of money to pay for theatre trips which are a requirement of the specification.

Future opportunities

By choosing to study Drama and Theatre you are unlocking countless career opportunities.  Although the course will equip learners to move on to Drama School or further study at university the transferable skills and knowledge base lends itself to many fields.  Succesful A Level Drama and Theatre students have gone on to study Law, Criminology, Public Services, Sports Science, English Literature and many more.  This is because the qualification builds on skills needed in all aspects of life, leading groups, delivering key information, initiative and fast processing as well as analytical performance attributes.

Further information

Contact:  Mrs Hamlyn at Royds School or Mr Bennett at Brigshaw High School (Head of Drama & Theatre Studies).

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: 29 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 year course