Drama & Theatre Studies A Level

Brief details: 

Theatre studies teaches students to unpick the blueprint of a play text, as well as the necessary vocabulary to realise it in performance across a range of disciplines, both theoretical and artistic, as directors, performers and designers. They will make theatre themselves, rooting their ideas in practitioner theory and the rich history of dramaturgy. By the end of the course, students will be sophisticated theatrical practitioners, capable of directing, designing, acting and staging a play.

Preferred entry requirements:

Grade 5 or above at GCSE drama and grade 4 at GCSE English.

Units studied:

  • Unit 1: Devising from a text/ applying practitioner methods
  • Unit 2: Text in performance
  • Unit 3: Theatre makers in practice 

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course assessment details:

This course is assessed by a combination of examination (40%) and coursework that includes performance (60%).

Progression and career opportunities:

The creative industries are the fastest-growing area of the British economy. Last year they employed over 2.8 million people. Theatre studies is the next logical step to a career in the creative industries. The huge variety of skills developed here; creative thinking, interpretation, interpersonal skills and the ability to make ideas powerful for an audience, are all highly attractive skills to employers. A wide variety of degree courses are available to theatre students, including theatre management, design degrees and theatrical performance.