A Level Drama & Theatre Studies

Gumley House School


A Level Drama & Theatre Studies

Drama and Theatre Studies at The Sixth

Introduction by Head of Drama and Theatre:

Hear from the Students:

Exam Board:  AQA
Expected Entry Criteria:  Grade 6 in GCSE Drama and/or English Language

Why study this course?
This choice of A Level says a lot about you as a person. You are creative, fun-loving, prepared to work hard and up for a challenge. You enjoy exploring relevant social and cultural topics in a practical and academic way. You enjoy taking risks
and problem solving. You are a real team player. Drama and Theatre Studies equips you with skills for life, for further study and for the workplace. What more could you want from an A Level?

What will I learn?

You will learn about your strengths and creative abilities, your team skills and your resilience under pressure. You will learn about theatre history, different styles of drama, leading playwrights and theatre practitioners. You will also learn about the diversity and richness of live theatre through firsthand experience on the many trips we organise and through creating your own performance pieces or being involved in extracurricular productions. You will gain a thorough understanding of Drama and Theatre, analytical and creative skills and an ability to communicate effectively with others.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through Drama workshops delivered by Drama teachers and professional theatre practitioners. You will have individual and group practical, research and study tasks to undertake. You will have many opportunities to attend theatre trips, workshops and masterclasses.

How many hours a week private study will I have?

As an A Level student you must spend at least six hours doing private study per week to consolidate your learning.

You’ll enjoy this course if

You are open to new experiences, have energy and an explorative spirit; if you enjoy collaborative work and you are prepared to work hard and with commitment both in and out of the Drama Studio.

Course Description

The syllabus offers you a balanced and enjoyable mix of opportunities to study Drama and Theatre from performing, directing, design and technical perspectives. You will explore set plays from different eras, visit the theatre regularly and work in groups to interpret plays and devise performance pieces.


Paper 1:  Drama and Theatre
External written examination on set texts and live theatre, 40% of A Level

Paper 2:
  Creating Original Drama
Practical and written coursework, 30% of A Level

Paper 3:
  Making Theatre
Practical examination and reflective report, 30% of A Level

For more information, contact Ms E Rouse