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, grade 4 in drama is required, if studied.

Course content

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


What is assessed

How it is assessed

1 : Drama and theatre Yr. 12-13

Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre.  Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

3 hour written exam

80 marks

40% of total

2 : Creating original drama (practical)  Yr. 12

Process of creating devised drama, performance of devised drama, devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of the one prescribed practitioner

Working notebook (40 marks)

Devised performance (20 marks)

60 marks in total

30% of total

3 : Making theatre (practical) Yr. 13

Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts, each taken from a different play., methodology of a prescribed practitioner, performed final assessed piece, reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation

Performance (40 marks)

Reflective report (20 marks)

60 marks in total

30% of total


Weekly Commitment

Five 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