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A Level Drama and Theatre Studies

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Qualification type


Course code



Level 3


2 years


Oxford City Centre,
Oxpens Rd,
Oxford, OX1 1SA

Start date

Sep 2021

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Develop your understanding of theatre and improve your ability to perform with this practical course.

A Level Drama and Theatre Studies gives you the chance to work closely in groups and take part in performances of both scripted plays and your own devised work.

This is a subject for anyone who is interested in analysing drama texts, theatre design or performance.

The majority of the learners on the programme progress on to higher education in the form of drama, theatre studies, performing arts and production courses. These can be at university or drama school. 


What I'll learn

Analyse drama texts, theatre design and performance. Work in groups and take a practical approach to learning.

 You follow the AQA specification. First year (AS)

  • Unit 1: Live Theatre Production Scene and Prescribed Play - this is assessed by an exam with two questions; one is based on a set text studied in class and the other a response to a live theatre performance. In preparation for this the group attends several theatre performances and assess them in class.
  • Unit 2: Presentation of an Extract from a Play - a practical performance that will be prepared in class. The assessment includes students’ preparatory work and supporting notes.

Second year (A2)

  • Unit 3: Further Prescribed Plays - including pre-Twentieth Century. This exam assesses two further set plays studied in class.
  • Unit 4: Presentation of Devised Drama - this is a group performance of a devised piece of drama. The assessment includes students’ preparatory work and supporting notes.



How I'll learn

You learn in a variety of ways, typically through discussion, group work, independent study, traditional essays, reading and research tasks. There is a balance of challenge and support. You play an active part in your learning and there is a strong focus on your individual learning needs.

You develop the skills necessary for further academic study, such as strong report writing, essay writing and study skills, including presentation skills.  You improve the wider skills vital for success in further study or employment, including self-confidence, speaking in front of others, working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time. You will benefit from individual support, including clear advice about higher education and careers.

 Classes take place over four days a week between 9am and 5pm. We expect our students to be fully committed to their studies and attend all timetabled sessions. In addition, you have the opportunity to attend trips and visits according to the needs of individual subjects.

There are many enrichment opportunities, enabling you to extend your learning beyond the bounds of your chosen subjects.


How I'll be assessed

Formal assessment is through examinations and coursework. The examination periods are in May/June.

There are a range of regular assignments, essays and class based assessments to help you develop your study skills for the next educational step.

Individual learning targets are set each term and you receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets.


Entry Requirements

All students must have six grade 4 (C) in academic subjects at GCSE, including English and maths, at grade 5 (or equivalent), excluding PE, dance, IT, or other subjects with a large practical component.

For this subject you will also need GCSE English language or GCSE English literature at grade 5 or above.



How to Apply

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Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.