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Drama & Theatre Studies

Students who choose to study an A-level in Theatre Studies will enjoy the performance element of theatre as well as studying approaches used in practice.

Subject Type: A Level
Details of Exam Board: Edexcel
Entry Requirements:
  • 5 GCSEs, grade 4 or above, including Maths.
  • Grade 5 or above in GCSE Drama and a Grade 5 or above in English Language or Literature.
Last three years destinations:
  • BA (Hons) Acting at UCA
  • BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths
  • BA (Hons) Musical Theatre at Edge Hill University

Course Aims

Students can expect the following as part of their studies;

  • develop and apply an informed, analytical framework for making, performing, interpreting drama and theatre.
  • understand the place of relevant theoretical research in informing the processes and practices.
  • develop an understanding and appreciation of how the social, cultural and historical contexts of performance texts have influenced the development of drama and theatre.
  • understand the practices used in 21st-century theatre making.
  • participate as a theatre maker and as an audience member in live theatre.
  • understand and experience the collaborative relationship between various roles within theatre.
  • develop and demonstrate a range of theatre-making skills.
  • develop the creativity and independence to become effective theatre makers.
  • analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others.

Universities and workplaces alike are now recognising the Power of Drama and Theatre Studies in terms of the important skills it nurtures which are appropriate for and beneficial in any career path. You will not regret your decision to study this subject with us, we have a partnership with the Liverpool Everyman theatre. You will work with professional companies and go on lots of trips to local and national theatres


Drama teaches interpersonal skills which are applicable to many walks of life and degree courses. Actor, Theatre designer, Director, Community arts worker, Drama therapist, Theatre Stage manager, teacher.


Assessment is based on three separate components.

Component 1 – Devising – worth 40% of the qualification. Your work will be teacher assessed and externally moderated.

Component 2 – Text in Performance – worth 20% of the qualification. This is made up of a group performance and either a monologue or a duologue. It will be externally assessed by a visiting examiner.

Component 3 – Theatre Makers in practice – worth 40% of the qualification. This is a 2 hour 30 minutes written examination set and marked by the exam board.


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