Drama & Theatre Studies A Level


Students should choose Drama & Theatre Studies if they have an interest in acting and devising original pieces of theatre, but should also be prepared for writing full length essays as part of the course.

This exciting and rewarding course will require students to:

  • Explore plays through practical and written pieces
  • Work on a specific role in a given play and be assessed on their performance
  • Work in a group to produce an original piece of theatre
  • Consider the social and historical importance of plays, and examine how some plays were originally performed

Students will also have the opportunity to attend a variety of professional productions and see first-hand what goes into creating successful performances and be involved in the lively, artistic side of College life.

Take a look at some some students' recent performances in the Performing Arts Photo Gallery.

What goes well with this course?

Everything!  Students doing A Level Drama & Theatre Studies combine it with other Performing Arts courses or a variety of other subjects, including the Humanities or Sciences.


Students could take a degree in Drama, Theatre Studies or Performing Arts, or could work as a performer, in theatre management or backstage. A large number of past students now work in a variety of roles in professional theatre.  Former students have found careers in:

  • Acting (e.g. Michael Greco)
  • Front-of-house Management (e.g. Cottesloe Theatre)
  • Lighting Direction
  • Stage Management (e.g. Royal National Youth Theatre)

The confidence and presentation skills students develop on the course will also serve them well in a variety of other careers, for example:

  • Arts Administration
  • Drama Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Marketing and PR
  • Business

Course Content

The Drama & Theatre Studies course will help develop:

  • Knowledge of plays and their creators
  • Experience as a performer
  • Practical skills as an individual and a member of a group
  • The ability to discuss plays, ideas and performances
  • The ability to analyse and write about drama
  • The ability to explore plays through practical and written work.

Students will explore plays through practical work and they will be auditioned and cast in a play that will lead to a live performance. They will work in a group to produce an original piece of theatre that will be presented to an invited audience. They will also see and evaluate professional theatre productions to help deepen their understanding of the processes that create a successful performance and look at the social and historical importance of plays and how they were originally performed.

In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Drama & Theatre Studies students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course-related experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included:

  • A Study Day at The Globe Theatre
  • A trip to see The Curious Incidence of the Dog in the Night-time. 
  • A trip to see Twelfth Night
  • Workshops run by ‘outside’ Theatre Director Peter Allen, of Whirlygig Arts and Splendid Production Company
  • A variety of College performances

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s:

Activities Programme and Guest Speaker Programme.


Students will be assessed on three components:

  • Devising (worth 40%). Students will devise and perform an original piece, in addition to doing written coursework
  • Text in Performance (worth 20%).  Students are assessed in a group performance and monologue
  • Theatre Makers in Practice (worth 40%).  This is a formal written examination

The exam board for Drama & Theatre Studies A Level is Pearson Edexcel.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirements:  

  • Grade 5 in English Language and
  • Grade 5 in Drama

Applicants will also be asked to attend an audition.

Students will enjoy this course and be successful if they:

  • Have the confidence to perform in public
  • Enjoy and are good at communicating orally and in writing
  • Enjoy working with others
  • Are willing to learn a significant amount of lines

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students from non-partner schools must return their forms directly to Reigate College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according the College's Admissions Policy.

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should return their completed Partner Schools Application Form to their school. 

The initial cut-off date for applications for entry September 2018 is 1st November 2017. A student's chances of obtaining a place are higher, the earlier the application is made. Students who apply after 1st November 2017 will be placed on a waiting list.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the Drama & Theatre Studies information leaflet.

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