Drama and Theatre (A Level)

Edexcel A-Level Drama and Theatre

A Level Drama and Theatre offers a smooth progression from GCSE Drama as we use the same exam board so the course structure is similar. The course encourages creativity and has a focus on practical work that will give students the opportunity to develop skills that will support progression to further study of drama and a wide range of other subjects.

The course includes engaging set texts and a focus on theatre practitioners including 21st century theatre practice. 

Entry requirements: In addition to the school’s entry requirements, students will need to do an audition if they have not studied GCSE Drama.

Career opportunities: Students who study A Level Drama and Theatre at Haggerston have received offers from top drama schools such as Bristol Old Vic, LAMDA, RADA and Rose Bruford.

Studying drama and theatre can lead to many exciting career opportunities including actor/actress, TV/ theatre production, theatre/ film director, teaching, community arts education, radio, drama therapist, arts management/ administration.

However, in Drama you also develop transferable personal and interpersonal skills that are essential in many other careers e.g. effective communication, creativity, confidence and collaborative working.

What will I study?

Autumn term Spring term Summer term
Year 12

Introduction to practitioners

Practical workshops with theatre companies

Live Theatre – Section A of component 3

Colder Than Here by Laura Wade Component 1 – Devising and portfolio
Year 13 Antigone by Sophocles Component 2 – Scripted exam


Assessment overview: 

Component 1 – Devising Interpreting, creating and developing a devised piece from one key extract from a performance text and applying the methods of one practitioner. The play text and practitioner can be decided by the school.

40% of qualification – 80 marks

Devised performance: 10% – 20 marks. A group performance of the devised piece.

Portfolio: 30% – 60 marks. Analysing and evaluating the creative process and devised performance.

Component 2 – Text in Performance

A monologue or a duologue from one key extract from one performance text and a group performance of one key extract from a different performance text.

20% of qualification – 60 marks

Component 3 – Theatre Makers in Practice. Written examination.

Section a) Live Theatre Evaluation

Section b) Page to Stage: Realisation of one key extract from a performance text ‘Colder than Here’ by Laura Wade

Section c) Interpreting one performance text, in the light of one practitioner for a contemporary audience. ‘Antigone’ by Sophocles adapted by Don Taylor with Brecht.

40% of qualification – 80 marks

Enrichment: Students regularly visit the theatre to watch engaging productions.  We also arrange workshops with theatre companies to develop knowledge and skills.

Progression: Many students have continued their studies in drama or pursued a career in the arts.  Recently, Akim Bangura received offers from both Bristol Old Vic and LAMDA.  He chose to study acting at Bristol Old Vic.


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