A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies
By studying A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies, you will develop knowledge and skills in reading and watching plays, as well as having to opportunity to perform, direct and design.
You will also improve your communication skills as well as developing confidence in working on your own and as part of a group.
A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies
A specific arrangement of units is required for certification, made up of two AS-Level units and three A2 level units. You will study four units and the assessment for A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies is by practical and exams.
Over the course, you will undergo at least 360 guided learning hours over a two-year period. These guided learning hours are levels set by the government on how much time the tutor at your sixth form or college has to be present to give guidance (such as lectures, tutorials etc.) towards your award.
AS-Level Drama and Theatre Studies
- AQA AS-Level Drama and Theatre Studies
The first unit, Live Theatre Production Seen and Prescribed Play is in two sections. Firstly, you will write a personal response to a piece of live theatre and secondly, you will answer one question on a set play. In the second unit, Presentation of an Extract from a Play you will work in a group to present an extract from a play of your choice.
- WJEC AS-Level Drama and Theatre Studies
At AS-Level, you will act or design for an extract from a set text. You will also create a devised piece from this set text. You will also study the theatrical and social contexts of texts and the work of recognised practitioners.
- Edexcel AS-Level Drama and Theatre Studies
The first unit, Exploration of Drama and Theatre will introduce you to plays written for the theatre. You will develop analysis skills so that you become aware of how plays are interpreted for realisation in performance. In the Theatre Text in Performance unit, you have the opportunity to demonstrate your performance skills in front of an audience.
A2-Level Drama and Theatre Studies
The A2 Drama and Theatre Studies is the equivalent of the second year of study of A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies. This is not a separate award. The A2-Level Drama and Theatre Studies with the AS-Level Drama and Theatre Studies, makes up the A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies. The A2-Level Drama and Theatre Studies will further develop your knowledge from AS-Level Drama and Theatre Studies.
- AQA A2 Drama and Theatre Studies
In the first unit, Further Prescribed Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century you will focus on two different set plays – one that is pre-twentieth century and one that is twentieth century or contemporary drama. In the second unit, Presentation of Devised Drama you will work in a group to prevent a devised drama in a theatrical style of your own choosing.
- WJEC A2 Drama and Theatre Studies
At A2-Level, you will build on your AS-Level knowledge and skills by responding practically to a set theme. You will choose an extract from a published text, devise a piece and evaluate performance. You will also study two texts (including one pre-twentieth century) from the view of the actor, director and audience.
- Edexcel A2 Drama and Theatre Studies
In Exploration of Dramatic Performance, you will build on AS knowledge to create a unique and original piece of theatre, which is performed to an invited audience. In the second unit, Theatre Text in Context, you will study a set play and historical period of theatrical development in detail.
A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies Exam Board Information
- The AQA A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies specification is available on the AQA website.
- The specification for the WJEC AS and A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies is available here.
- The specification for the Edexcel AS and A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies is available here.
Most people study A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies so that they can study Drama and Theatre Studies or other Performing Arts subjects at University. A number of students will also consider applying through drama or stage schools for practical Drama training. This course also works well with other arts-based subjects as well as English Literature for students who are considering a teaching career.
Career opportunities may include amateur or professional acting, playwriting, directing, stage management or many other roles within the theatre, performing arts and even television or film. Because A-Level Drama has a number of lifelong skills such as communication, other career opportunities include public services or any other career that involves working with the public.
Other Useful Information
- AQA past papers and other resources for A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies are available on the AQA website.
- Edexcel past papers are available on their website.
- WJEC have a variety of specimen assessment materials available on their website.
- This site offers resources for English Literature and Theatre Studies.
- This site offers a selection of Drama and Theatre Studies resources for a variety of courses, including A-Level.