Drama and Theatre A-level

This course will give you the opportunity to explore the translation of plays from ‘page to stage’, to discover the success of live theatre productions and explore a range of theatrical styles and approaches to acting.

You will immerse yourself in the world of performance through numerous theatre visits and will have the opportunity to visit the theatre capital of the world – Broadway, New York.

What topics/modules are covered?

Year 1:
You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre studying one set play. You will also analyse and evaluate the work of live theatre makers. Practically, you will take part in the exploration and theatrical interpretation of two extracts each taken from a different play. Students will create a Portfolio evidencing the interpretive process and analysing and evaluating the performance.

Year 2:
You will study all of the above plus an additional set play. Practically, you will also create a devised performance influenced by the work of a prescribed practitioner. You will practically explore and interpret three extracts each taken from a different play.

What are the entry requirements?

If you intend to study a programme of A-levels:

  • To study a programme of A-levels (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths if needed), you will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 9-4 including English Language (grade 4 or above).

If you intend to study a combination of A-levels and BTEC:

  • To study a combination of A-levels and BTEC Extended Certificate (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths or English if needed), you will need a minimum of four grades 9-4 at GCSE plus 1 BTEC equivalent. If you have studied a subject at GCSE/Level 2, you must get a grade at least at 9-4/Pass, if it is to be studied.

Additional entry requirements:

  • You must have a willingness to participate in practical activities.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

How will I be assessed?

  • Examination - Component 1
    (A-level) 40% 3 hours
  • Devised Performance (Practical) – Component 2
    (A-level) 30%
  • Making Theatre (Practical) – Component 3
    (A-level) 30%

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

Career Path

You can progress to university courses in Drama, Performance and related subjects or vocational courses at drama and theatre schools. Drama and Theatre studies is an excellent foundation for careers in drama, theatre, performance media or any career requiring high level communication skills.

What qualification will I gain?

AQA A-level Drama and Theatre (7262).

Start date



2 years.

Where will I be based?

Sixth Form Centre, South Sefton Campus.

Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Monday, 27 November 2017 10:38