Drama and Theatre, A Level

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code SS8
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


At Advanced level, Drama involves the study of theatre with a clear focus on Practitioners and understanding the different mediums found within the theatre from acting to design realisation. Students will develop either their performance skills or design and further advance their skills of analysis as the course encourages learners to think critically about theatre and interpreting life itself. Students learn how to analyse play texts both historical and contemporary whilst incorporating practitioner’s styles and methods. Equally they will develop their written word through in-depth critical comment on live theatre


Components one and two explore a theatre practitioner in depth and apply this knowledge to the different texts being studied. This is a fantastic insight into contemporary theatre and develops each individuals understanding, creativity and ability to analyse and evaluate their own response to professional works. Live Theatre Evaluation - Students answer one extended response question from a choice of two requiring them to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen in light of a given critical assertion. Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text - Students answer two extended response questions based on an unseen extract from the studied text. Students will demonstrate how they, as theatre makers, intend to realise the extract in performance. Students answer from the perspective of a performer and a designer. Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text - Students will answer one extended response question from a choice of two based on an unseen named section from their chosen performance text. Students will demonstrate how their re-imagined production concept will communicate ideas to a contemporary audience. Students will also need to outline how the work of their chosen theatre practitioner has influenced their overall production concept and demonstrate an awareness of the performance text in its original performance conditions.

How will it be delivered?

Devising - 40% of the qualification -  80 marks

          60 marks portfolio, 20 marks realisation performance/design

Text in performance – 20% of the qualification - 60 marks

          Group performance/design realisation: worth 36 marks. 

          Monologue or duologue/design realisation: worth 24 marks

Theatre Makers in Practice – 40% of the qualification - 80 marks

          Live Theatre Evaluation 20 marks

          Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text 36 marks

          Interpreting a Performance Text 24 marks,

Entry requirements

Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language and Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Literature

Your next steps...

The qualification is a perfect accompaniment for students wanting to go on to further education in the arts or to study law.  There are career opportunities for stage, screen and the multibillion industry of the arts in the UK.