Course Overview

This course is ideal for learners who have a keen interest in drama and the performing arts industry. The course is designed to develop existing performance skills and deepen your understanding of dramatic theory. If you enjoy live performance and want to learn more about creating your own unique material, or wish to develop your theatrical design skills, this course will support you in achieving these goals.

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

You could complement your studies with enrichment activities including Irish dancing, mixed voice choir, jazz rock band or orchestra.

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

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 (40%) exams (40%) and a practical performances (20%).

  • Devising: You will work as part of a small group to create an original performance piece. This will be developed from an extract from an existing play text and will be influenced by the work of one key Theatrical Practitioner.
  • ┬áText in Performance: Undertake a key role in the teacher-directed production of a full-length play. 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 a written exam comprising of:
  • A live theatre evaluation
  • Practical exploration and study of a play text
  • Practical exploration and analysis of a practitioner associated with a specific play text

A Level

Course Leader:
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Course Length:
Two Years

Entry Requirements:
GCSE English at Grade 5 is preferred, but not compulsory with an average points score of 3.2 or above with a strong interest in performing.

How is the course assessed:
This course is assessed by coursework (40%) exams (40%) and a practical performance (20%).


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