A Level

Drama & Theatre

Experience that magic while gaining a deeper richer understanding of theatre
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40% Exam 60% NEA
Drama GCSE Preferred

What is Drama & Theatre?

There is something very special about live performance to an audience. With this course you will experience that magic while gaining a deeper, richer understanding of how theatre works. This course is for you if you enjoyed GCSE Drama and you wish to develop your skills and understanding of drama and theatre to a higher level.

Why study Drama & Theatre?

There will be countless opportunities to be a performer, designer and an active audience member. The emphasis is always on practical work and ideal for those who enjoy working with other student on practical and challenging tasks.


Drama & Theatre Exam Results




A* to C


A* to B


It’s refreshing to study a subject where you’re not stuck behind a desk – it’s engaging, enjoyable and so much fun!

Luke (Drama & Theatre Student)

I loved watching and studying live theatre – it has hugely helped develop my own practice

Amber (Drama & Theatre Student)

We study really interesting and powerful texts that challenge our perception of the world we live in

Grace (Drama & Theatre Student)

Drama & Theatre
Course Content

Offering students the freedom of expression through drama performance and theatre, see how this course is assessed and the topics you will learn and develop during the time on the course

Practitioners in Practice

Unit 1 is divided into three sections:

  • Section 1 – Learners will research and explore practically the work of others including:
    • Two practitioners of the centre’s choice
    • One extract from a centre-chosen performance text
  • Section 2 – Learners create a devised performance influenced by their exploration of the work of others from Section 1. In this section learners complete a portfolio of evidence of the practical work they have created and developed during the devising process. This will include analysis and evaluation of their own work.
  • Section 3 – Learners design for the final polished devised piece of drama or theatre and realise their designs in a performance for an audience. This section requires learners to create and develop ideas to communicate meaning, gaining an understanding of the skill set needed to work on a performance. 
Exploring and Performing Theatre

Learners are required to study one performance text in its entirety and work collaboratively to performance part of the text. The text to be studied will be selected by the centre. Texts should allow sufficient opportunity for learners to work in depth on their acting skills.

Learners will explain their artistic intention for their performance in the concept pro forma found on the OCR website


Analysing Performace

Unit 3 is divided into three sections:

  • Section A – The aim is to enable learners to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how extracts from the chosen texts can be rehearsed and interpreted in performance, showing an awareness of characterisation, performance style, genre and context.
  • Section B – The aim is to allow learners to analyse and evaluate live theatre. Leaners will explore how characters can be interpreted and developed ready for a performance. This component is assessed through a written exam but preparation must include practical study. Section A will include study of two different performance texts which explore one of the following themes:
    • Conflict
    • Family dynamics
    • Heroes and Villians
Deconstruction Texts for Performace

Learners will explore the creative possibilities of staging the chosen performance text. This component is assessed through a written exam but preparation must consist of practical study. Leaners are required to explore the performance text practically through the role of the director. Learners will deconstruct the text and explore how any of its scenes can be staged and performed for an audience. Leaners will analyse and interpret the performance text in depth. Learners are required to study one performance text, and they are not permitted to have access to the text in the elimination.

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Mr Joyce

Mr M Joyce


We are so delighted you are considering Drama & Theatre as one of your A Levels. My team and I are passionate about the study of Drama & Theatre and are keen to impart our love for the subject on you too.

I would be really happy to answer any questions you may have about Drama & Theatre; please do not hesitate to contact me.

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