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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level (See Option Blocks on our website) at Notre Dame High School

Course description

A-level Drama and Theatre Studies students create and perform drama and theatre in a wide variety of contexts, forms and styles.  The course is highly practical in approach (while containing significant written assessment). 


The course is a mixture of devising and script based study while underpinned by an appreciation of stage craft and knowledge of the work of key Theatre Practitioners and design and production elements. Seeing live performance is an integral part of the course. 

Course content

The course is divided into 3 Components.




  • Component 1: Interpreting Theatre 40%

This component involves the study of two set texts (currently Ibsen’s ‘Hedda Gabler’ and Wertenbaker’s ‘Our Country’s Good’) and analysis of a Live Performance seen during the year.


The assessment is a three hour written exam answering essay questions from the point of view of actor, director and designer on both plays and on a live performance seen in Year 13.

  • Component 2 Creating Original Drama 30%

A devised performance is produced from a stimulus using the work and methodologies of a prescribed practitioner.


Assessment includes marking the performance as well as a Working Notebook the students produce alongside the performance.


  • Component 3 Making Theatre 30%

    This component involves the practical exploration of three extracts from different plays which are studied while applying the methodology of a prescribed practitioner to the final extract. Extract 3 is a polished performance assessed as a final piece. A Reflective Report portfolio of evidence analysing the process and performance is a core part of the assessment.

Entry requirements

What do I need?


  • An interest and willingness to explore drama in a variety of practical forms.
  • A willingness to engage with academic and written work and apply oneself independently.
  • GCSE grade C or 4 (equivalent) in Drama would be desirable, or significant previous experience to prepare oneself for the rigours of the course.

(See Option Blocks on our website)


• Component 1 - Written Exam - Externally Assessed

• Component 2 - Performance and Notebook - Internally Assessed/Externally Moderated

• Component 3 - Performance and Notebook - Externally Assessed

Further information

• Drama builds an increasingly necessary roster of skills such as creativity, interpersonal, self presentation, communication, initiative and teamworking skills.

• As well as opening doors to several direct career paths including the UK’s successful Creative Arts industries it supports a range of associated careers. For example personnel and human resources, leadership and management roles, business coaching, marketing and sales, social work and public services, journalism, marketing and PR amongst many others.

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: 07 November 2018
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