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Miss H Cullen (Head of Department)
Mr E Smith
  • Key Stage 4
  • A Level

GCSE Drama


Students who participate in a GCSE Drama course will find that the skills developed and practised are invaluable in many areas of employment and further education. Confidence, communication and the ability to understand another person’s perspective are essential life-skills. Presentation skills, self-motivation and the ability to work as a fully integrated member of a group are useful in many fields. It is an examination board requirement that Drama students attend a professional theatre production and several opportunities will be made to facilitate this.


Component 1: Students will develop knowledge and understanding of Drama and Theatre through the study of a set play and be able to analyse and evaluate the work of live theatre makers. Component 2: Students will learn how to create and develop ideas to communicate meaning in a devised theatrical performance and be able to apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in a live performance. Component 3: Students will understand how to apply their theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in a live performance.


Component 1 : Understanding of Drama and Theatre – Written Examination: 1 hour 45 minutes 40% of GCSE Component 2: Devising Drama – Practical Examination – Devised Performance and Devising log 40% of GCSE Component 3: Texts in Practice – Practical Examination – Performance of 2 extracts from a play 20% of GCSE


Component 1 – is a written examination which will take place in the summer term of Year 11. Component 2 – is a devised performance and a devising log – moderated by the examination board. Component 3 – is a performance of two extracts from one play – marked by an external examiner.

A Level Drama & Theatre Studies Exam Board: AQA

What is Drama & Theatre Studies?

Drama and Theatre Studies explores performance skills from the many perspectives of Theatre professionals. During the course you will experience professional theatre productions and develop your understanding of the subject. You will practically apply theatrical styles and the work of leading practitioners to your own performance work and in interpretation of set texts. With the help and support of the staff you will be encouraged to enhance your critical appreciation of live theatre and develop your own ability as a performer. The Drama and Theatre Studies course is taught in 3 Components. Component 1: Drama and Theatre Component 2: Creating original Drama Component 3: Making theatre

Why study it?

Students of Drama and Theatre studies develop skills that are not just essential for drama but applicable to a wide range of higher education subjects and in the workplace. The course refines students’ collaboratve skills, their analytical thinking and their approach to research. Students grow in confidence and maturity as they successfully realise their own ideas. They learn to evaluate objectively and develop a sound appreciation of the influences that cultural and social contexts can have on decision making. Drama and Theatre Studies helps not only to develop students as performers and as critical thinkers but also as skilled and confident communicators. Through practical and academic application students of Drama and Theatre Studies develop the ability to discuss their ideas coherently both verbally and in a written form. The course does not simply ask students to retain knowledge but to apply and develop what they have learned. This is central to the course and so enhances a student’s critical thinking and problem solving skills. It also enhances a student’s ability to engage and interact with those around them, from one person to an entire audience.

The structure of the course

Component 1: Drama and Theatre

What’s assessed

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
  • Study of two set plays
  • Analysis and evaluation of live theatre makers

How its assessed

  • Written examination (3 hours—open book)
  • 40% of A-level

Component 2: Creating original drama

What’s assessed

  • Process of creating devised drama
  • Performance of devised drama (performer, designer or director)

How it’s assessed

  • Working notebook
  • Devised performance
  • 30% of A-level

Component 3: Making Theatre

What’s assessed

  • Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts, each taken from a different play – Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to extract 3 and is performed as a final assessed piece
  • Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all 3 extracts

How it’s assessed

  • Performance of extract
  • Reflective report
  • 30% of A-level

60% Practical 40% Written exam

What next?

Studying A Level Drama and Theatre Studies can be extremely valuable if you wish to pursue a career in the following;

  • Acting, Stage Management or Production Design
  • Teaching, working with children
  • Law
  • Therapy, Social Work, Community Work
  • Any areas which involve working with the public

If you have any further questions regarding Drama and Theatre Studies please feel free to contact us (details below).