Drama and Theatre A-level

2 years

Course Details

This course will give you the opportunity to explore the translation of plays from ‘page to stage’, to discover the success of live theatre productions and explore a range of theatrical styles and approaches to acting.

You will immerse yourself in the world of performance through numerous theatre visits and will have the opportunity to visit the theatre capital of the world – Broadway, New York.

You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre studying one set play. You will also analyse and evaluate the work of live theatre makers. Practically, you will take part in the exploration and theatrical interpretation of two extracts each taken from a different play. Students will create a Portfolio evidencing the interpretive process and analysing and evaluating the performance.

You will need a minimum or five GCSEs, including Grade 5 in English Language together with four other subjects at Grade 4 or above (one of the four subjects must include Maths).

Additional entry requirements:

  • Although there is no requirement to have studied this subject at GCSE, if you have studied GCSE Drama then you must have achieved at least a grade 4.
  • A willingness to participate in practical activities and performances is essential.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

AQA A-level Drama and Theatre (7262)
  • How will I be assessed?
  • Examination - Component 1
  • (A-level) 40% 3 hours
  • Devised Performance (Practical) – Component 2
  • (A-level) 30%
  • Making Theatre (Practical) – Component 3
  • (A-level) 30%
  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment
You can progress to university courses in Drama, Performance and related subjects or vocational courses at drama and theatre schools. Drama and Theatre studies is an excellent foundation for careers in drama, theatre, performance media or any career requiring high level communication skills.

University Guarantee

Every Sefton Sixth Form College student who successfully achieves a Level 3 qualification and meets attendance and entry requirements, is guaranteed a place on a course at the Hugh Baird University Centre.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

You will take three subjects over two years.

We offer a small number of BTEC courses at Sefton Sixth Form College. You can study one BTEC course alongside your two A-levels.

It is not expected that a student would attend both sites, but the feasibility of this would be discussed on an individual basis. Potential timetable clashes and workload would need to be considered in detail for this to be a possibility.