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Drama and Theatre A Level at Mascalls Academy

Course description

The A Level course is taken over two years exploring plays, practitioners and practical work. Exploration of both scripted and devised performance is a key element, as well as knowledge of two set plays and live theatre.

Course content

Component 1- Drama and Theatre (written examination) 40%

In this unit, you will prepare for an examination, in which you will be assessed on:

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
  • Study of two set plays (‘Hedda Gabler’ by Henrik Ibsen or ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ by Shakespeare and ‘Cloud 9’ by Caryl Churchill or ‘Our Country’s Good’ by Timberlake Wertenbaker)
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers
Component 2: Creating Original Drama (practical) 30%

In this unit, you will devise a piece of drama and perform it. Your work must be influenced by a theatre practitioner. You will produce a working notebook alongside the performance piece. The unit is marked by teachers and moderated by the examination board. You can contribute as a performer, director or designer.

Component 3: Making Theatre (practical) 30%

In this unit, you will be assessed on practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts each taken from a different play. The methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to one extract, which will be performed as a final assessed piece. You can contribute as either a performer, director or designer.

You must also produce a reflective report analysing and evaluating the theatrical interpretation of all three extracts.


Entry requirements

It is useful to have studied GCSE Drama or BTEC Level 2 Drama, although this is not essential. We would also prefer a level 6 or above in either English Language or English Literature GCSE, as the course is demanding in terms of written work.

You also need to be passionate about performing, directing or designing.


The course is 60% practical (with some written coursework) and 40% written examination. As part of the practical units you will be assessed on the rehearsal process as well as the finished performance.

Future opportunities

Drama is a popular subject for Higher Education and through its development of presentation skills, teamwork , creativity and subject specific knowledge, will enable you to pursue many career paths.  

Drama students have gone on to careers in journalism, teaching, acting, TV production, directing, playwriting and set design.

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 September 2018
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