Drama & Theatre Studies

A Level Course Outline

GCE Drama and Theatre Studies (7262)

  • We follow the AQA A Level course
  • A Level classes currently have 11 lessons per 2 week timetable and are taught by two specialist teachers.

Subject content

The subject content details the knowledge, understanding and skills that students are expected to develop throughout the course of study. Click on the links below for more information on each component.

The subject content for A-level Drama and Theatre is divided into three components:

  1. Drama and theatre 
  2. Creating original drama
  3. Making theatre


Component 1: Drama and theatre (40% written)

What's assessed

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
  • Study of two set plays, one chosen from List A, one chosen from List B
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 3 hours
  • Open book
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of A-level


  • Section A: one question (from a choice) on one of the set plays from List A (25 marks)
  • Section B: one three part question on a given extract from one of the set plays from List B (30 marks)
  • Section C: one question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (25 marks)

Set Texts studied for Component 1: 'Antigone' by Sophocles and 'Our Country's Good' by Timberlake Wertenbaker


Component 2: Creating original drama (30% practical)

What's assessed

  • Process of creating devised drama
  • Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer, designer or director)

Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner

How it's assessed

  • Working notebook (40 marks)
  • Devised performance (20 marks)
  • 60 marks in total
  • 30% of A-level

This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.

Component 3: Making theatre (30% practical)

What's assessed

  • Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts (Extract 1, 2 and 3) each taken from a different play

Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to Extract 3

Extract 3 is to be performed as a final assessed piece (students may contribute as performer, designer or director)

  • Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts

How it's assessed

  • Performance of Extract 3 (40 marks)
  • Reflective report (20 marks)
  • 60 marks in total
  • 30% of A-level

This component is marked by AQA.