Course Detail

A-level Drama and Theatre Studies is for students who enjoy reading and watching plays, and taking part in them, whether performing or directing. This course encourages the practical engagement with performance texts to enhance your imaginative and analytical development, and it integrates theory and practice throughout. Studies are supported through regular theatre visits and workshop opportunities with professional companies and practitioners.

  • The Drama and Theatre A-Level includes the following units: Interpreting Drama (Year 12) – developing knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre.
  • Process and Performance (Year 12) - practical exploration work of two extracts from two different plays, and applying the methodology of a prescribed practitioner to one of the extracts. 
  • Drama and Theatre (Year 13) – study of two set plays and the analysis and evaluation of live theatre. 
  • Creating Original Drama (Year 13) – exploring, creating, rehearsing and performing an original piece of performance work using the methodologies of a known Drama and Theatre practitioner.
  • Making Theatre (Year 13) – practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts from different plays.

How will I be assessed?

At the end of Year 12 there will be a written examination lasting 2 hours which, alongside your coursework, will form your AS grade. Coursework contributes 60% towards your AS grade. At the end of Year 13 you will have a written examination lasting 3 hours which contributes 40% towards your A-Level grade. The remaining of your grade will be made from two pieces of coursework. The first will focus devising an original performance contributing 40% towards your final A-Level grade, the other on a performance of three scripted extracts contributing 20% towards your final A-Level grade.

Additional Entry Requirements

GCSE Drama or Performing Arts: C
GCSE Maths: 5
GCSE English: 5

All A-Level courses are two year courses. You will sit the AS exams at the end of Year 12 and the A-Level exams at the end of Year 13. Although the AS grade will not count towards your final A-Level grade, you will need at least a grade D at AS to be able to continue into Year 13.

Required grades for English and Maths may be revised in August 2017.

Where can this course take me?

Many students opt to continue their studies at University. The A-Level Drama and Theatre course and can lead to a range of courses including Theatre Studies, Performance Studies and Community Performance. Some students progress onto Arts Apprenticeships or enter the Performance and Cultural Industries as a member of the workforce. Drama and Theatre is also an excellent foundation for courses such as Teaching, Marketing, Business and Public Sector roles.


King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy is registered in England and Wales as a company limited by guarantee. Company number 07002160. Registered office: Foundation Office, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2UD. Academy tel: 0121 464 4428.

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