Head of Department: Mr S Graham

Examination Board AQA

The Theatre Studies course aims to:

  • Encourage students to develop their interest and enjoyment of drama and theatre, through experience as members of an audience and through development of theatre skills in their own practical work;
  • Develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the social and cultural context of drama and theatre, through detailed study of dramatic texts, and the work of prescribed theatre practitioners;
  • Develop students’ ability to respond critically and sensitively to a range of drama texts and to theatre in performance.
  • Good team work is a vital part of the course but independent learning is also essential. Visits to productions are a regular and compulsory element of the course.

Scheme of Assessment


  • Unit 1: Written Live Theatre Production Seen and Prescribed Play;
  • Unit 2: Practical Presentation of an Extract from a Play.


  • Unit 3: Written Further Prescribed Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century;
  • Unit 4: Practical                 Presentation of Devised Drama.

Units 2 and 4 are essentially practical, although candidates also have to produce notes, documenting and analysing the stages of preparation.

Throughout the course, students are required to make connections between different theatrical approaches and dramatic forms, and to comment analytically on their significance.