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Drama and Theatre

A Level (AQA)

2 Years

The AQA Drama and Theatre qualification emphasises practical creativity alongside research and theoretical understanding. Students will learn through experience, seeing theatre and making theatre themselves.

You will be introduced to a wide range of theatrical styles and contexts as you explore plays and work on performances. During the course you can choose to develop as a Performer, Designer (lighting, sound, set, costume or puppets), Director or combination of all of the above.

It is our belief that studying Drama and Theatre at A Level inspires students to become independent and inquisitive and provides them with the opportunity to develop excellent communication and collaborative skills, as well as analytical thinking. These are skills that are essential not only for drama, but also a wide range of higher education subjects and the workplace. Throughout the course students will grow in confidence and maturity as they realise their ideas and develop an appreciation of the influences that cultural and social contexts have on decision making.

This subject is for you:

If you enjoy performing, collaborative and group work, practical or analytical thinking, lighting, sound, costume or set design, exploring different cultural and social influences. You will have an aptitude for generating and communicating ideas, and you’ll be excited to experiment – seeking challenge and taking a practical approach to your work.

You will be assessed:

  • A written exam at the end of your 2nd (U6th year) – this will include analysis of two plays you have studied over the course, and discussion of a live theatre production you have seen
  • An original piece of drama created by you and your group – this work will be performed in front of an audience and a visiting AQA examiner
  • A working portfolio of the original work that you have created – this will be worked on through the course, both in lessons and independently and will be submitted alongside the performance of your original piece