Drama and Theatre Studies

‘Art is not to provide solutions, but to state the problems more clearly’, Anton Chekhov

Who is it for?

Students who enjoy creating drama, interested in a wide variety of different styles and for those that are fascinated or intrigued about politics and social issues.

Entry requirements

In addition to the general entry requirements, the department specifically requires English literature, English language, and if taken, drama, grades to be confirmed.

Course content

This EDUQAS course follows a 2 year linear programme covering three component parts:



What is assessed

How it is assessed

1 : Theatre Workshop

Practical and logbook

Students will need to re-interpret a text and create something original and innovative. This will be created in the style of Gothic Horror/Grand Guignol

The logbook will document the process of the creation of the piece

Performance & logbook


Internally assessed

2 : Text in Action

Creating two pieces of performance:

  1. Devised piece: this will be inspired by a stimulus (given by the exam board). This will be in the style of Immersive Theatre, specifically looking at Punchdrunk
  2. Text piece: this will also be inspired by a different stimulus (given by the exam board). Students will then perform one extract from a play.

Students will need to chart their process with a reflective report

Performance & logbook


Externally assessed

3 : Text in Performance

Students will need to study two plays – looking at realising the plays as a whole: acting, directing & design.

Set Texts:

Hedda Gabler – Henrik Ibsen

Saved – Edward Bond

Section C:

Students will be given a small extract from Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (given by the exam board) and have to look at the design elements of bringing the piece to live

Written exam




Course breakdown

Year 12:

  • Theatre Workshop
  • Text in Performance: Hedda Gabler

Year 13:

  • Text in Action
  • Text in Performance: Saved & Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Weekly Commitment

Eight hours’ classwork, and outside of class: extra reading and research. Attendance at theatre visits is also required.

Additional costs

Theatre trips are an essential part of the course.

Career prospects

Careers in theatre, management and personnel. Major management training schemes and universities highly prize theatre studies students as highly motivated and disciplined, and effective communicators.

For further information, please contact Mr Walker