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Theatre Studies

Specification AQA Drama and Theatre Studies
Contact Mrs A Dadhley (Teacher of English)
Entry Requirements Grade 6 in GCSE English Language.


Is this course for me?NIC-3248

If you are creative, enjoy working in a practical way and are interested in Theatre, be it performance, design or more technical aspects, then this is certainly the course for you. As well as offering a different way of learning, the 60% written paper weighting also enables students to gain an entry qualification for courses in higher education, whether in the area of Drama and Theatre Studies or in a host of other subjects.

Where can it take me?

As well as employment in the arts, studying Theatre Studies is a definite advantage for those people seeking employment in any job which requires such skills as: excellent communication skills; the ability to work as part of a team, display leadership skills and acceptance of personal responsibility; the art of negotiation; the recognition and sympathetic awareness of others’ values and beliefs; the rational interpretation of the values and patterns of humanity.


A Level Qualification Structure:

Component 1: Drama and Theatre

What’s assessed:

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
  • Study of two set plays, one chosen from List A, one chosen from List B.
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers.

How it’s assessed:

  • Written exam: 3 hours
  • Open book
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of A Level Questions
  • Section A: one question (from a choice) on one of the set plays from List A (25 marks).
  • Section B: one three part question on a given extract from one of the set plays from List B (30 marks).
  • Section C: one question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (25 marks).

Component 2: Creating original drama (practical)

What’s assessed:

  • Process of creating devised drama.
  • Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer, designer or director). Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner.

How it’s assessed:

  • Working notebook (40 marks)
  • Devised performance (20 marks)
  • 60 marks in total
  • 30% of A Level This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.

Component 3: Making theatre (practical)

What’s assessed:

  • Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts (Extract 1, 2 and 3) each taken from a different play.
  • Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to Extract 3.
  • Extract 3 is to be performed as a final assessed piece (students may contribute as performer, designer or director).
  • Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts.