St. Mary's

Drama & Theatre Studies

What is A Level Drama and Theatre Studies?

Drama and Theatre Studies explores performance skills from the many perspectives of Theatre professionals. During the course, you will experience professional theatre productions and develop your understanding of the subject. You will practically apply theatrical styles and the work of leading practitioners to your performance work and in the interpretation of set texts.

Why Study It?

Students of Drama and Theatre studies develop skills that are not just essential for drama but applicable to a wide range of higher education subjects and in the workplace. The course refines students’ collaborative skills, analytical thinking, and research approaches. Students grow in confidence and maturity as they successfully realise their ideas. They learn to evaluate objectively and develop a sound appreciation of the influences that cultural and social contexts can have on decision-making. Whatever the future holds, students of A-level Drama and Theatre emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills preparing them for their next steps.

Course Content

A-level Drama and Theatre offers students the opportunity to explore drama as a practical art form, in which ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through choices of form, style and convention. Students will:

  1. Create, perform, and respond to drama and theatre
  2. Develop the creativity and independence to become effective theatre-makers
  3. Explore the relationship between theory and practice in a range of theatrical styles and periods and historical, social, and cultural contexts
  4. Learn how relevant research, independent thought and analysis of live theatre production can inform decision-making in their practical work and put this understanding into practice
  5. Experience how theatre makers collaborate to create theatre.

Year 12 & 13

The course is split into 3 components over a two-year course.
Component 1: Drama and Theatre -3 hr written examination at the end of Yr13 40%
Component 2: Creating original drama -Devising 30%
Component 3: Making Theatre – Scripted 30%

What next?

Studying A Level Drama and Theatre Studies can be extremely valuable if you wish to pursue a career in the following:
Acting; Stage Management or Production Design; Teaching, working with children; Law; Therapy, Social Work, Community Work; or Any areas which involve working with the public.

Specification Link:

Drama Exam Board: AQA