Exam Board: Edexcel    Duration: 2 years    Entry Requirements: Grade 6 in GCSE Drama or Merit at BTEC Level 2 in Performing Arts, Grade 5 in GCSE English and Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics.

Reasons to study A Level Drama

The course is designed for students who have a strong interest in acting but are also keen to improve their directing, analysing and devising skills.

It has a balance of practical and written activities to enable students to develop a wide range of knowledge linked to drama and theatre. Students will explore, create, perform and analyse theatre in a detailed way throughout their study.

Course Outline

Component 1 Creating original drama
You have the opportunity to create and devise a piece of original theatre as a group using text and a theatre practitioner as your stimuli.

You will take responsibility for the research, directing, set design, shaping and acting. This will be created in the style of a practitioner, such as Artaud, Brecht or Kneehigh.

You will be assessed on your final piece. Alongside your practical, you will complete a working notebook coursework, which explains your creative process, influences and evaluation of your piece and individual performance.

Component 2 Text in performance
You will workshop and perform two extracts from different published plays and perform in front of an examiner and live audience.

You will work with monologues, duologues and ensemble pieces to reflect the playwright’s vision and characterisation, to include genre and style.

You will develop your acting skills and communicate the social, historical and cultural context of the play through your individual communication.

Component 3 Theatre makers in practice
The written exam is designed to allow you to demonstrate your creativity and imagination as you interpret the set texts and explain how you would stage an extract drawing upon the context.

You will study these from the perspective of a director, performer and designer. As a class you will explore the set texts through practical workshops and stage scenes to bring the world of the play to life.

You will link a practitioner’s style and re-imagine a text for a contemporary audience.

You will develop your analytical and evaluative skills as you reflect upon a performance you have seen.

Assessment Outline

Component 01 Creating and Original Drama:
Practical assessment worth 40% of the A Level.

Component 02 Devising and Text in Performance:
Practical assessment worth 20% of the A Level.

Component 03 External Exams:
Written exam worth 40% of the A Level at the end of year 13 (2 hours 30 minutes).

Progression Routes and Career Paths

  • Acting
  • Theatre Director
  • Drama Therapist
  • Drama Teacher
  • Playwright
  • Scriptwriter
  • Casting Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Arts Administrator
  • Stage Manager
  • Arts Critic
  • Entertainment Lawyer
  • Public Speaker
  • Customer Services
  • Politician
  • Public Relations


The Romero’s Drama Department

A committed team of expert teachers who share their love of their subject with passion.

Teachers who are first class and versatile performers themselves and who can lead all areas of the course with confidence.

Students at Romero’s study drama to develop a lifelong enjoyment and appreciation of performance art, theatre and acting.

Further Information

For more information or if you have any questions about the A Level Drama course please contact:

Mrs A Gray – Subject Leader for Drama [email protected]
Mrs T Gladman – Head of Creative Arts [email protected]