Drama and Theatre (A Level)

A Level Drama and Theatre offers a smooth progression from GCSE Drama. 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.


Course Overview

The Edexcel course comprises three components:

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 and Brecht.

40% of qualification – 80 marks



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



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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