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Drama & Theatre Studies

Performing Arts
Type of Qualification:
A Level
Exam Board:
Grade 6 in GCSE Drama or Level 2 Merit in BTEC PA

Course Content

Component 1: Devising 40%

  • Devise an original performance piece.
  • Use one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli.
  • Centre choice of text and practitioner.
  • Performer or designer routes available.

Component 2: Text in Performance 20%

  • A group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a performance text.
  • A monologue or duologue performance/design realisation from one key extract from a different performance text.
  • Centre choice of performance texts.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice 40%

  • Live theatre evaluation – choice of performance.
  • Practical exploration and study of a complete performance text – focusing on how this can be realised for performance.
  • Practical exploration and interpretation of another complete performance text, in light of a chosen theatre practitioner – focusing on how this text could be reimagined for a contemporary audience.
  • Centre choice of 15 performance texts from two lists on the next page.
  • Choice of eight practitioners.

Style Of Assessment

Component 1 – Non-examination assessment: 

  • 40% of the qualification (80 Marks)


Component 2 – Non-examination assessment: 

  • 20% of the qualification (60 Marks)


Component 3 – Written examination:

  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 40% of the qualification (80 Marks)


  • Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation
  • Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text
  • Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text

Whose kind of course?

Drama and Theatre Studies is an exploration of Theatre in all forms. This course is for anyone that wants to

  • Study new styles and approaches
  • Explore plays that are inspiring
  • How the many opportunities for performance and to see live theatre productions
  • Have the opportunity to devise a completely original performance

Career Prospects

Whatever you choose to do next, A Level Drama and Theatre Studies will equip you with the drive, confidence, skills and experience for a successful future. Students have gone on to Drama Schools to study Theatre Studies and Performing Arts at University, Acting, Directing, Technical Support, and Digital Theatre.