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Drama and Theatre Studies A level at Wilmslow High School

Course description

The ‘A’ level Drama & Theatre Studies course demands that students develop a broad skills base from performance skills to considered written reflections on the performance work they create/direct.  The course addresses all aspect of theatre, such as directing, acting, design, lighting and sound.  Throughout the course students develop their understanding of drama and theatre and the skills base therein, in order to fully realise the potential of theatre in performance.

This course is an academic study of drama, which requires students to be as thoughtful and reflective in their written work as much as it demands they are competent performers.  All students taking part in the course must be willing to undertake independent work and study away from the classroom/drama studio.

Entry requirements

It is helpful to have studied Drama up to GCSE level but any relevant interest and experience in theatre is valid.

This course requires a grade C in English and mathematics but it is highly recommended that you have a minimum of a grade B in GCSE English in order to successfully address the written demands of the course.

It is possible to undertake practical elements other than acting, such as lighting or costume design.  For more information please discuss this with the drama team.


The new A level in Drama & Studies is currently under development. The information below is the preliminary information that AQA have released.

Part one (written examination)

What’s assessed?

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
  • Study of two set plays TBC
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 3 hours
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of A-level


  • Section A: one question from a set play (25 marks)
  • Section B: one two part question on a given extract from a different set play (25 marks)
  • Section C: one question on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (30 marks)

Part Two (practical)

What’s assessed

  • Process of creating devised drama
  • Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer, designer or director). Devised piece must be influenced by the work and

methodologies of one prescribed practitioner
How it’s assessed

  • Working notebook (40 marks)
  • Devised performance (20 marks)
  • 60 marks in total
  • 30% of A-level

Part Three (practical)

What’s assessed

  • Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts each taken from a different play Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to the extract.
    The extract is to be performed as a final assessed piece (students may contribute as performer,
    designer or director)
  • Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts

How it’s assessed

  • Performance of Extract 3 (40 marks)
  • Reflective report (20 marks)
  • 60 marks in total
  • 30% of A-level

Further information

Drama and Theatre Studies A level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wilmslow High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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