Key Stage 5

A Level Drama and Theatre Studies is a creative and academic A Level option that will ensure you have the opportunity to work imaginatively and collaboratively whilst deepening your skills for lifelong learning.

From September 2017 we will be teaching AQA Drama and Theatre Studies. This course has been chosen to maximise students’ opportunity to study a personalised course with a good balance of practical work and theory; ensuring that students are academically prepared for university study as well as other work and study options. Our A Level productions are renowned for their professionalism and originality and are the highlight of the course for all students who love to perform and produce exciting theatre and drama.

Studying drama at A Level will equip students with in depth knowledge and understanding of plays and playwrights and practitioners within their historical, cultural, political and social contexts. The ability to analyse, synthesis and critically evaluate will be developed in both written and oral work. Students will also project plan, produce and perform theatre at the highest standard throughout the two years. This A Level is a superb choice for students wishing to pursue careers where leadership, presentations and independent and creative thinking are vital. Our students go on to further study and careers in diverse fields including: acting, medicine, the RAF, the police, media, journalism, accounting, IT, to name but a few.


Year 12 


Practitioner study (Stanislavski, Berkoff, Artaud, Complicite)


October – December:

Duologues and working notebook

Group production

Performance exam with portfolio, public performance, worth 60% of Year 12


January – May:

Set text study 1

The roles of director/designer/performer

Live theatre analysis

 Written exam, 2 hours, open book, worth 40% of Year 12


June – July:

Scripted performance study


Year 13

• Scripted performances and reflective report

• Set text study 1 and 2

• Devised performance and working notebook

Scripted performance exam with reflective report, public performance, worth 30% of A Level

Devised performance exam with working notebook, public performance, worth 30% of A Level

Written exam, 3 hours, open book, worth 40% of A Level