An introduction to A-level Drama

A brief overview from our A-level teachers.

What does it involve?

A-level Drama and Theatre consists of studying historical approaches to theatre and drama, understanding a variety of key practitioners, studying and reflecting on live theatre performance and producing a series of assessed performances in both devised and scripted options. Students will extend their ability to create drama and study plays, playwrights and live theatre.

Drama at A-level focuses heavily on both individual study and group work. The development of practical skill is essential, but design and technical skills are also taught in addition to an analysis of the various roles of director, actor, designer and playwright. Students develop their skills of critical analysis through discussion and debate and must be able to produce high-quality, concisely written essays.

How is it assessed?

Assessment takes place across three components which include both a written paper (worth 40% of the A-level) and two non-examination practical assessments, worth a combined 60% of the final mark. Alongside these, creative logs and evaluations are included in assessment.

Which skills or qualifications do I need?

Drama and Theatre is a highly enjoyable but undeniably demanding course, requiring a high degree of creativity and practical involvement in the world of theatre.Students will ideally have studied at GCSE level, but those with a good pass in English Literature, usually a Grade 6 or above, may also apply.

University or employment prospects?

Studying Drama and Theatre A-level develops communication, team-work and problem solving skills, alongside confidence, self-presentation, self-discipline and the ability to manage criticism. It provides excellent preparation for a career in media, teaching, marketing and, of course, the theatre and entertainment industries.