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Drama & Theatre Studies

Exam Board - AQA

Course Content

Students should study this course if they enjoy taking part in and watching a range of drama and theatre and wish to broaden their knowledge and understanding of theatre arts.
The course in Drama and Theatre Studies encourages students to develop their interest and enjoyment of drama and theatre both through experience as audience members and through their development of dramatic and theatrical skills.
Students will also develop their ability to respond critically and sensitively to a range of drama texts and to theatre in performance.
Much of the work is taught in a practical way.



Component 1


Written Paper: 3 hours

Section A:  1 question on a set text

Section B:  3 part question on second set text

Section C:  1 question on live theatre production


Component 2


Devised performance

Working note book


Component 3:


Performance of an extract of a play supported by a reflective report

Practical study of two other extracts from different plays


Other Information

Students are encouraged to visit the theatre at every opportunity and a number of trips will be organised.  During the preparation of Practical Units students will occasionally need to attend rehearsals outside lesson times.
Students are encouraged to develop their practical skills further by taking part in performances outside the course, for example, in House Plays, the Lower School devised drama competition and the school play.  Drama students often use these productions as opportunities to develop skills in stage management, design and directing, choreography and technical skills as well as performance.  In components 2 and 3, candidates who do not want to be assessed in Performance Skills can offer lighting, sound or design.

Entry Requirements

GCSE 6 in Drama.  Students who have not previously studied Drama should see Mr Young.