Drama and Theatre

A-Level Drama and Theatre

Did You Know?

Leeds Playhouse is built on an old church burial ground.

Key Information


Two Year Course

Examination Board


"A-level Drama and Theatre was a great choice for me as it combined my love of acting with my interest in the inner workings of theatre. The subject has a good balance between practical work and written study, and I would recommend it". - Malachy Graham, lower sixth student



Assessment: 40% exam, 30% coursework, 30% practical 

What do I need to study this course?

Grade 4 in GCSE English Language. There is no requirement to have studied GCSE/BTEC Drama, but if you have, you should have gained a grade 5/merit or higher. You may have gained suitable experience in other ways e.g. through private drama training or membership of a youth theatre. Speak to a member of the department to discuss suitability if you are unsure.

What will I study?

There are two major practical assessments which require you to work with scripted plays and devise your own theatre. You will specialise in either acting, set, lighting or sound design. You will sit a written exam which will test your creative skills in making theatre. You will study two set texts and write about a live theatre visit, analysing the key components of theatre making.

What next?

This course will provide you with invaluable transferable skills. You can continue studying drama at an accredited drama school, or progress onto a degree in drama, directing, acting, theatre design, and arts administration. Some of our alumni have careers in law, teaching and veterinary science!

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