Accessibility links

Drama and Theatre A-Level at Ranelagh School

Course description

The aim of the Drama and Theatre course is to promote an enjoyment of and an interest in drama and theatre as a director, designer, performer and critic. The course provides a balance across a range of learning activities including the exploration of plays, the creation of original drama, the performance of existing plays, the analysis of theatre and the critical evaluation of all of these elements.

The course is designed to develop students’ ability to examine how the social, cultural and historical contexts of performance texts have influenced the development of drama and theatre. Students develop and apply an informed, analytical framework for making, performing, interpreting and understanding drama and theatre. As part of the course students will explore the theoretical knowledge of drama and theatre in the creation of original practical work, developing an understanding and appreciation of the practices used in twenty-first century theatre making. Students will be expected to research, communicate, analyse and interpret a variety of performance texts through practical and written work and form independent interpretations as well as analysing and evaluating live theatre.

Many transferable skills are developed, with particular emphasis placed upon interpreting, analysing and evaluating. The development of independent learning, forming critical judgements and communication skills are fostered throughout the course and students have the opportunity to recognise and understand the interrelationship between drama, literature and history.

Course content



  • Devise an original performance piece using one key extract from a performance text and one key practitioner as stimulus

Performance from text

  • A group performance of one key extract from a performance text
  • A monologue or duologue performance from one key extract from a different performance text

Theatre makers in practice

  • Live theatre evaluation: analyse and evaluate live theatre
  • Page to stage: contextual study of a set performance text from the perspective of an actor
  • Interpreting a performance text: study of a set performance text from the perspective of a director


Entry requirements

Students who wish to study Drama and Theatre at this level are expected to enjoy reading widely and attending regular live theatre.

Prospective students who are studying GCSE Drama are expected to achieve grade B or above; students who are not studying Drama are expected to achieve grade 6 or above in English or grade B or above in History. They are also expected to show a real commitment to the subject and be prepared to extend their learning through independent study. Students should be involved in the school productions and/or LAMDA examinations or theequivalent to inform their understanding of text and practical exploration.


Devising - 40% of A level - written coursework of 3000 words & practical coursework

Performance from text - 20% of A level - practical coursework

Theatre makers in practice - 40% of A level - closed text written exam 2 hrs 30 mins & extended response questions

Future opportunities

A Level Drama and Theatre is generally recognised as an entry qualification for university arts courses such as Drama and Theatre, Literature, Law, Classics, Philosophy and Ethics, Education Studies and Psychology. Students can follow a wide range of career opportunities including fields such as the media, law, presenting, counselling, events management, therapy, stage management, teaching, PR and advertising.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 January 2017

Key information