A-Level Drama & Theatre Studies

A Level Drama & Theatre Studies


Mrs Lucy Bowerman-Ellis




A Level Drama and Theatre


Grade 4 in GCSE Drama. Experience in extra-curricular performance or production is an advantage. Students without GCSE Drama will be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Why choose A Level Drama and Theatre?

Do you enjoy drama and the theatre? Are you creative? Do you enjoy active, practical learning? A Level Drama and Theatre may be for you! This A level is hands-on, hard work but lots of fun. It enhances your team-playing skills, your interpersonal and communication skills, and your natural self-confidence – all invaluable in a work setting. Drama and Theatre has a large analytical element and encourages students to become independent critical thinkers.

 Inspires and develops creativity, confidence and communication skills
 A practical focus is at the heart
 Engaging Set Texts
 Clear and straightforward assessments
 Supports progression and develops transferable skills

 Explore the origins and history of contemporary British theatre practice
 Evaluate and analyse theatre that you have seen
 Work in the style of influential practitioners and performance companies
 Work in groups on practical workshop-based activities and individually, on personal portfolio work and monologues
 Explore performance support materials such as lighting, sound, set and costume,
 Perform or provide performance design for a live audience,
 Theatre visits
 Workshops with expert practitioners invited into the school

What you will study, and how you will be assessed in A Level Drama and Theatre:


Component 1: Devising
Devise an original piece of theatre as a performer or a designer (costume, set, sound or lighting design). You will use an extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as your stimuli. This is an internally assessed unit and consists of a written (2500-3000 words) or recorded (12-14 minutes) portfolio and a performance or design realisation.

Internally assessed, externally moderated
40% of A Level


Component 2: Performance from Text
Prepare, rehearse, and realise a group performance and a monologue/duologue as a performer or a designer.

20% of A Level
Externally assessed by a visiting examiner.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice
Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation – analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance
Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance – practical exploration of a complete play text focusing on how this can be realised for performance
Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text –using a chosen practitioner explore how this text could be realised for a contemporary audience.

Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes
40% of A Level

Additional Information

In addition to your studies the drama department runs regular and exciting trips and provides opportunities for you to meet and work with professionals in the acting industry.

21 April, 2021


Updated 30/03/2021


URGENT Action to take if there is a positive Covid-19 test in your household over the Easter holiday

Dear Parent/Carer


Action to take if there is a positive Covid-19 test in your household over the Easter period

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With best wishes for a restful half-term break,

Sally Wilson


21 April, 2021


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