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Drama and Theatre Studies

St Peter's 13-18

Drama and Theatre Studies

DramaThe Course

The Advanced Level Drama and Theatre Studies course at St Peter’s is aimed at pupils with an academic interest in theatre. Pupils will work practically and creatively throughout the course, creating performances for live audiences in addition to supporting written documentation and a final written examination. It will develop confidence and communication skills as well as exploring some of the most radical and stimulating theatres around.

Throughout the course, pupils will be exposed to a wide variety of plays, theatre practitioners and styles of performance. Texts are studied from the perspective of the actor, director, designer and critic and students also have the opportunity to devise an original piece of theatre. There is a firm emphasis on contemporary theatre practice and creating provocative, dynamic and cutting edge theatre which stimulates and challenges its audiences.

In addition to developing performance, analytical and critical skills, pupils also develop their knowledge and understanding of the historical, social, cultural and political contexts of drama and theatre.


  • Unit 1:
    Practical & Coursework - 40%
    Devising Pupils must respond to a short extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli to devise an original piece of theatre. Pupils must produce a portfolio and a performance.
  • Unit 2:
    Text in Performance - Practical Examination - 20%
    Pupils perform a group extract and a monologue or duologue from two different plays. There is the option to create a design realisation.
  • Unit 3:
    Theatre Makers in Practice - Written Examination - 40%
    Pupils study two complete set texts from different time periods and review a live performance

Examination Board: Edexcel

Additional Notes

Pupils do not necessarily need to have studied Drama at GCSE in order to take it at A Level, although a degree of theatrical experience is required.

It is a course requirement that candidates experience live theatre. The department offers theatre visits and trips throughout the course.