Exam Board: AQA

Why A Level Drama & Theatre Studies?

Drama reflects and even drives our cultural evolution. It has the power to enrich lives, challenge thinking, and can touch our deepest emotions. In performing, actors have a creative space to explore their interpretation of human nature. Drama has a prominent role in contributing to modern living through television, the internet, cinema and radio as well as theatre.


What will you study?

The course is practical, intellectual and artistic. You will be expected to explore the structural elements of theatre from the page to the stage. In order to be successful and enjoy this subject, you will need to have a keen interest in the history of drama and study the practitioners, theatrical forms and conventions that make theatre such a compelling and exciting subject. You must be able to analyse and critically deconstruct the work you study, create and witness for the written exam. You will study two contrasting set plays and practically explore three others. You will present a substantial extract from each of these plays, as well as devising original theatre which will examine the art of play writing and engaging audiences intellectually. You can opt to be examined as an Actor, Director or Designer, so there really is something for everyone.


University degrees that require or often prefer Drama & Theatre Studies include:

Drama and Theatre Arts, Performing Arts, Theatre Production or Design, Film & TV Studies, Media, English, Law, Journalism, Teaching, Marketing, Human Resource Management. 


 Possible careers:

Directly related: Actor, director, playwright, dancer, producer, radio presenter, broadcaster, stage manager, front of house manager, stage designer, education officer, tour manager, marketing & PR, editor, teacher, theatre critic, agent.

Further afield:  Lawyer, barrister, politics, business or project management.


Entry requirements: 

Minimum grade 6 in GCSE Drama and/or English Literature Grade 6.


'I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.'

Oscar Wilde