GSO Test

Drama and Theatre Studies A Level

Awarding Body


Assessment Structure

100% examination (at the end of the course)

Minimum entry requirement

  • NBP16C level 3 entry requirements
  • GCSE (4) in drama and track record of involvement in performances

Why should I study this course?

This course is designed to provide a balance across a range of learning activities.  The course combines exploring plays, creating theatre, the performing of plays, the analysis of theatre and the critical evaluation of all these elements.  Year 1 introduces you to the content of plays written for the theatre and offers you the chance to demonstrate your skills in a performance environment. During Year 2, you will be required to create a unique and original piece of theatre and to study one set play text and one prescribed historical period of theatrical development.

What will I learn?

Component 1: Devising (40% of qualification)

Students use an extract from one text and a practitioner as a stimulus to create a devised performance, rehearsing and refining their performance/design realisations for an assessed performance. They record and evaluate the exploration and rehearsal process of creating their devised performance, as well as the final performance.

Component 2: Text in performance (20% of qualification)

Students prepare through exploration and rehearsal and participate in, as performer or designer, both a monologue/ duologue and a group performance.

Component 3: Theatre makers in practice (40% of qualification)

Students are also audience members for a live performance. They make and refine notes on the performance. Students practically explore two set texts (That Face by Polly Stenham and Woyzeck by Georg Bϋchner). For Woyzeck, students create a director’s concept for a re-imagined production of the play. They practice responding to questions for all three sections in examination conditions.

How will I learn?

Teacher–led activities, individual and group work, presentations, discussions, role-play and performances.  In school performances and visits to theatres will give you a first-hand experience of the subject in action.  You will be formally assessed using practical performances, portfolio style coursework and extended essay answers.

What can I do with my qualification?

Gaining a qualification in drama and theatre studies will allow you to continue to study drama at a higher level at university or a specialist training college, or to go directly into employment as a performer.

An A level in drama and theatre studies will also enable you to access all other non-related degree courses.

What do students say?

 ”Drama really improved my self-esteem, made me better at performing and speaking in front of people, as well as working as part of a team. “

Former student now working for Hull Truck Theatre Company

“Studying drama provided me with both the foundational skills and the confidence to pursue an interest in theatre after leaving school. The lessons were a chance to escape from the chair bound classroom and learn on your feet - to both thrive and experiment in an environment in which you were encouraged to challenge yourself and be creative. .”

Former student and a founder member of the “Wardrobe Ensemble”

"Drama has shaped who I am as a person. It really increased my confidence and self-belief, as well as providing a safe environment to try whatever you wanted and not be afraid of standing out. I would recommend anyone to get involved at any level without hesitation."

Former Student now studying Classics and Archaeology at UCL