Advanced GCE in Drama and Theatre

Course Overview

Drama and Theatre studies not only builds your knowledge and practical skills to enable you to go onto study performance at a higher level, it equips you the cognitive, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills that are valued in almost all professions that you will consider.

Qualification Details

  • Qualification: Advanced GCE in Drama and Theatre
  • Exam Board: Edexcel


Course Teacher Profile

Mrs R. McAviney

Mrs R. McAviney


Mrs. McAviney is the Curriculum Team Lead for Drama in the Amethyst Sixth Form

Course Requirements

To enrol for the A Level Drama course you must have the following…

  • BTEC Drama Distinction or GCSE Grade 5
  • English Grade 5
  • Maths Grade 5
  • If you have not studied Drama at KS4, you will need to provide evidence that you have studied Drama outside of school.

Year 1 Summary

  • In the first year, you will

    • Learn about the A Level Practitioners that will influence your work over the two years in Drama.
    • Learn how to devise effective group performance using stimuli.
    • Learn how to evaluate live theatre to A Level standard, taking into consideration the design as well as performance elements.
    • Study two play texts (pre and post 20th century) to enable you to devise practical work and complete theory of a high standard.
    • By the end of the first year, you will have completed Component 1 of the course which consists of a group devised performance and a 3000 word coursework portfolio based on the devising process.

Year 2 Summary

In year two, you will use the knowledge and experience gained in the first year to complete Component 2 and 3.

For Component 2, you will work towards an external examination where you will perform a group extract from a studied play text as well as a monologue or duologue from the same play.

For Component 3, you will work towards being able to complete the 2.5 hour written examination based on a further two plays that you will study as well as a piece of live theatre that has influenced you as an Actor and Director

Careers and Next Steps

There are a few areas of work that you can use Drama straight after A level, however students often decide to study a degree enabling them to specialise in a particular area of Drama.

Skills developed include;

  • Creativity and ability to convey ideas and concepts.
  • Work independently.
  • Good written, verbal and vision communication skills.
  • Ability to develop and change ideas and concepts in response to a client’s needs.

Careers choices for pupils who have study Drama at A Level:

  • Broadcaster
  • Choreographer
  • Dancer
  • Disc jockey
  • Drama therapist
  • Drama/theatre critic
  • Magician
  • Model

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