Drama & Theatre Studies

Why should I study Drama?

This course inspires students to become independent theatre makers, with the skills they need to go onto Higher Education, whether that is to study a course in Drama and Theatre or another subject.

What will I study?

This qualification emphasises practical creativity, alongside research and theoretical understanding. You will learn through experience, seeing theatre and making theatre for yourself.  You will be introduced to a wide range of theatrical styles and contexts as you explore plays practically, devise and work on performances.

What are the entry requirements?

Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.

What skills do I need?

  • A good standard of written work.
  • Organisational skills.
  • Punctuality.
  • A willingness to perform in front of an audience.

You will need to be:

  • A good team player.
  • Work to deadlines.
  • Dedicated.
  • Disciplined.
  • Supportive of others.


How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a range of classroom based lessons and rehearsals.

How will I be assessed?

You will be required to sit a three hour paper and to devise a range of performance material which is assessed both internally and externally by AQA.

How much private study should I expect to do?

You must be prepared to do at least six hours of private study outside College.

What materials will I need to purchase?

You will need to purchase approved set texts which you will be informed of at enrolment. These can be purchased directly from College.

What is the exam board? AQA.

This subject is for you if

you enjoy performing to an audience, you are extremely organised, you are good at meeting deadlines and you enjoy interpreting and analysing different plays.

This subject is not for you if

you don’t like written examinations and performing in public.

“I’ve really enjoyed both the practical side of the course and studying a range of plays from different eras.”
Holly Richardson, Castleford Academy

“It’s been a great opportunity to understand theatre in different ways especially the group trips to see live theatre.”
Ruby Greenwood, Outwood Carlton, Barnsley