Drama & Theatre Studies

Examination Board: AQA

Head of Department: Mrs Jessica Ashley

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Drama & Theatre Studies

Why Study Drama and Theatre Studies?

Drama and Theatre Studies is for students who wish to increase their practical and theoretical understanding of the theatre and performance. It is suitable for those who are interested in a career in the creative arts (a booming industry which is just as valuable in the UK as the financial industry), those who wish to study an A level which complements English Literature or indeed for those students who desire an interesting contrast between their options. The course has a strong practical element (either in acting, directing or design) but is sufficiently academic to meet higher education requirements. Drama and Theatre Studies suits students who enjoy a mix of individual skill development and team-based learning and who wish to develop presentation skills and improve self-confidence. For those students hoping to get into drama school, Drama and Theatre Studies is the most relevant A level subject to take. Other students might take advantage of the growing number of higher education courses related to Drama and Theatre Studies including scriptwriting, screenwriting, film studies, editing, costume, set design, lighting or sound. Studying Drama helps develop key business skills, such as creative thinking, negotiation, leadership, and collaboration - key transferrable skills that will be useful in any industry.

Course Details – Exam Board: AQA

The current information from the exam board is that from 2016:

  • 60% will be assessed through non-exam assessment (performance and portfolio)
  • 40% will be assessed through a written exam

In Year 12 students study three performance texts and in Year 13 five performance texts and devised drama.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to achieve at least a Grade 6 at GCSE level in English Language and English Literature and have an interest in theatre.


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2016 Entry opens on 1 June 2015, email admissions@marling.gloucs.sch.uk with "reminder to register" in the subject line to receive notification of the registration window opening.

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