Course Overview

Drama & Theatre is ideal for students who have a keen interest in performing and/or designing theatre. Whether you enjoy the thrill of performing live for an audience & creating your own unique practical work, or you wish to develop your theatrical lighting, sound, set, or costume design skills, or you simply love watching, reading and writing about plays – this is the course for you!

There will also be additional opportunities to watch professional productions at regional venues as part of the course.

This qualification is valued by many employers recruiting for people-orientated careers.

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Who is this course aimed at?

This course is aimed at students who:

  • Enjoy performing live for an audience
  • Enjoy watching, analysing and critiquing live theatre
  • Are interested in Theatre Design
  • Enjoy writing about Drama & Theatre
  • Would like to study drama, theatre or performing arts at Higher Education
  • Would like to continue their actor training at a conservatoire or acting school

What will you learn?

This course is assessed by coursework: (10% Practical 30% Written), practical performances (20%), and one written exam (40%).

  • Devising: You will work as part of a group (3-6) to create an original performance piece. This will be developed from an extract of an existing play text and will be influenced by the work of one key Theatrical Practitioner. This component is marked by your teacher.
  •  Text in Performance: You will undertake a key role in the teacher-directed production of a scripted play. You will also perform a monologue or duologue of your choice. These performances will be to an audience and examined by an external examiner.
  • Theatre Makers in Practice:
You will complete one written exam (2.5hours) comprised of:
  • 1 Live Theatre Evaluation
  • 1 Set-text study (Acting & Designing)
  • 1 Set-text with Practitioner study (Directing)

What skills will you develop?

Skills students will develop on this course include:

  • Analysing and evaluating live theatre
  • Developing live performance/design ability
  • Devising original performance material
  • Creative decision making and problem solving
  • Professional rehearsal behaviours 
  • Wider theory research skills 
  • Effort 
  • Resilience 
  • Time management
  • Meeting deadlines 
  • Literacy and oracy
  • Communication skills 
  • Teamwork/groupwork 
  • Self-motivation 
  • Leadership 

Progression Routes

There are a variety of different progression routes you can follow with this course. This can include different pathways to achieve numerous careers through Higher Education, Apprenticeships or directly into Employment. Here are some progression routes:

  • Drama
  • Acting
  • Musical Theatre
  • Music
  • Scriptwriting
  • Directing
  • Theatre Design
  • Dance
  • Teaching
  • Composing
  • Choreographer
  • Performing Arts Therapy
  • Stage Management

A Level

Course Leader:
David Green

Course Length:
Two Years

Entry Requirements:
GCSE English at Grade 4 with a strong interest in performing and/or designing theatre.

How is the course assessed:
This course is assessed by coursework: (10% Practical 30% Written), practical performances (20%), and one written exam (40%).


Drama A Level has introduced me to wonderful experiences and has helped me expand my techniques and confidence in the field of acting and directing. The teachers are great.

Kieran Weller, Vale Academy , Gainsborough Academy