Drama and Theatre Studies


The AS specification in Drama and Theatre Studies is designed to develop and apply an informed, analytical framework for making, performing, interpreting and understanding drama and theatre. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of how the social, cultural and historical contexts of performance texts have influenced the development of drama and theatre, with focus on theatre practices used in 21st-century theatre making. Students will experience the following:

  • A range of opportunities to create theatre, both published text-based and devised work
  • Participate as a theatre maker and as an audience member in live theatre
  • Develop and demonstrate a range of theatre-making skills
  • Develop the creativity and independence to become effective theatre makers
  • Analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others.

Course Outline

Component 1:
Exploration and Performance Coursework - 60% of the qualification
• A group performance of one key extract from a performance text and one influential practitioner.
• A monologue or duologue performance from one key extract from a different performance text.
Component 2:
Theatre Makers in Practice
Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes - 40% of the qualification
• Practical exploration and study of a complete performance text.
• Choice of six performance texts.
• Live theatre evaluation – choice of performance.


Component 1
There are three parts to the assessment:
1) A portfolio
2) A group performance
3) A monologue or duologue performance
Component 2
There are two parts to the exam:
1. Students must analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen
2. Students must interpret and realise an extract of an unseen text in performance.


Grade 5 in English and grade C in GCSE Drama.