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Drama & Theatre Studies (A level linear – No AS examinations) at Gumley House Convent School

Course description

 This choice at A level says a lot about you as a person. You are creative, fun-loving, prepared to work hard and ready for a challenge. You enjoy exploring relevant social and cultural topics in a practical and academic way. You enjoy taking risks and problem solving. You are a real team player. Drama and Theatre Studies equips you with skills for life, further study and for the workplace.

You will learn about your strengths and creative abilities, your team skills and your resilience under pressure. You will learn about theatre history, different styles of drama, leading playwrights and theatre practitioners. You will also learn about the diversity and richness of live theatre through first-hand experience on the many trips organised and through creating your own performance pieces or being involved in extra-curricular productions. You will gain a thorough understanding of drama and theatre, analytical and creative skills and an ability to communicate effectively with others – all highly transferable skills for any chosen course of study or career.

You will be taught through drama workshops delivered by Drama teachers and professional practitioners in one of our two drama studios. You will have individual and group practical, research and study tasks to undertake in and out of timetabled sessions.  You will have many opportunities to attend theatre trips, workshops and masterclasses.  

You need to have a love of drama and theatre. You must enjoy practical drama and have a genuine interest in learning new skills and testing them as a performer, director and designer. You must have a keen interest in all aspects of theatre from its origins and development, to its design and technical aspects. You need to be creative, self-disciplined, motivated and reliable. 

Course content

This syllabus offers you a balanced and enjoyable mix of opportunities to study Drama and Theatre from performing, directing, design and technical perspectives. You will explore set plays from different eras; visit the theatre regularly; work in groups to interpret plays and devise performance pieces; you will study leading influential theatre practitioners, theatre companies and directors, past and present. 

You will enjoy this course if you:

  • ·         Are open to new experiences, have energy and an explorative               spirit
  • ·         Enjoy collaborative work
  •            Are prepared to work hard and with commitment both in and out           of the drama studio. 

Entry requirements

English and Mathematics at level 5 and three different subjects at a minimum of grade C. A grade B or above in GCSE Drama.



You will be assessed on your preparation and presentation of group performance pieces as well as on your performance, design or directorial skills as shown through the productions. You will support your practical work with brief, structured supporting notes

There is 1 written paper about the set plays studied and live productions seen.


Paper 1   Drama & Theatre - extended written examination - 40% of A level.

Paper 2   Creating original drama - prcatical examination - 30% of A level.

Paper 3    Making theatre - practical examination 30% of A level. 

Financial information

A range of relevant theatre trips to support the curriculum. Black loose fitting clothing and footwear suitable for practical drama required.

Future opportunities

 Drama provides you with the widest possible range of transferable skills of any subject. Students who study Drama at A level have gone on to university to read subjects as diverse as Psychology, Criminology, Sociology, English, as well as Drama and Technical Theatre. Studying Drama leads you to any profession where you need good communication skills, creative thinking, work as part of a team, analytical skills etc.

Possible careers include: practising law or medicine; teaching; performing; directing; theatre administration; theatre design; sound and lighting technician; social worker; therapist; management training; education officer in theatres, art galleries, museums and other public institutions. You could take this course with other advanced level courses, which could be related to the performing arts, to prepare for higher education in the arts or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to the performing arts such as working in the Film, Television or Theatre industries. You may also like to look at joining a theatre group to increase your drama and theatre experience. The course offers a distinct subject content which provides you with the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers from lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us or ask your school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gumley House Convent School directly.

Last updated date: 10 May 2017
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