Drama & Theatre Studies 

In A Level Drama & Theatre Studies you will gain a thorough understanding of how theatre and plays are created and used. This course demands you to use practical, creative and communication skills in equal measure.  

  • Regular theatre trips to top venues.  

  • Professional actors providing workshops.  

  • Regular opportunities to perform at Hampshire Collegiate School to an audience.  

  • Opportunities to create whole performances from scratch.  

  • An opportunity to work on the technical side as well as performance.

Course content

You will extend your ability to create drama and theatre using various stimuli, either in a performing or production role. Opportunities for the use of technical skills such as lighting and sound will be offered as well as directorial skills. You will also be required to write about drama and develop your powers of analysis to become an informed critic. The course will involve taking part in drama productions, as well as studying plays and playwrights.

The lessons will be a mixture of teacher led activity, practical workshops and rehearsals. Most of the time you will work in a group but there are many opportunities for individual study. 


Component 1: Theatre workshop (20% of qualification)

Students participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of theatre based on a reinterpretation of an extract from a text, using the techniques of an influential practitioner or theatre company. Students produce a realisation of the performance or design and a creative log. 

Component 2: Text in action (40% of qualification)

Students participate in the creation, development and performance of two pieces of theatre based on a stimulus.

  1. A devised piece using the techniques and methods of a practitioner or theatre company.

  2. An extract from a text in a different style chosen by the student.

This is an externally examined performance. Designers also give a 5-10 minute presentation of their design to the examiner. Students produce a a process and evaluation report within one week of completion of the practical work.

Component 3: Text in performance (40% of qualification)

This is a written 2 hours 30 minutes exam.

  • Sections A and B: Two questions based on two different texts, one written pre-1956 and one written post 1956

  • Section C: Closed book. A question based on a specified extract from: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time 

Course requirements

You need to be curious about issues and ideas and have a creative instinct for communicating your views through drama. You may be keen on acting, writing or on the visual and technical side of theatre and wish to develop your skills in some or all of these areas. Equally, you will be interested in going to the theatre to see plays performed by different theatre companies to broaden your understanding and appreciation of theatre. Drama is a creative subject but is also very demanding. The subject should appeal to students who are both artistic and academic. You do not have to have studied drama at GCSE level, but it helps.  

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved a grade 6 in English at GCSE.

Why study A Level Drama & Theatre Studies? 

This Advanced Level GCE can lead to further study in drama, theatre studies and performing arts in higher education or at degree level. It can be used as part of your course to broaden your studies and may lead on to a career in the performing arts industries. Drama A Level complements a range of subjects and is useful in building confidence and improving presentation skills in a range of careers. 

For full course specifications visit: http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/drama-and-theatre/


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