During this course students are given the opportunity to develop and extend their understanding of Drama and Theatre through the practical and theoretical study of practitioners, such as Stanislavski, Artaud, Brecht and Frantic Assembly.

Through practical, written and discussion work, students will develop a critical and sensitive response to the complexities of Drama and Theatre. This course offers just the right area of study to complement other A Level courses, such as English Literature, English Language, Art, Media and History.

The course also gives students the opportunity to develop their communication skills; something necessary in all walks of life and all occupations. Although there is no prescribed recommended prior knowledge for students embarking on a course for this syllabus, candidates should have demonstrated a level of practical and critical awareness of theatre equivalent to that required for GCSE Drama.

Regular visits to the theatre is a necessary aspect of this course, so candidates must be prepared to go on prearranged school trips as well as occasionally taking the initiative to visit the theatre in their own time.

One of the essential qualities of a drama student is a passion for theatre. If you would like to open your mind to a whole new learning experience in Drama and Theatre, then this course is for you. Please be aware that this course runs as a full A Level – it is a two year course – you must be prepared to commit fully.


We would require a Grade 5 or (preferably) higher in GCSE Drama, together with similar entry requirements for English Language.


Component 1: Devising Coursework – internally marked and externally moderated.

40% of the qualification/ 80 marks – 60 marks on written coursework and 20 on performance.

Content overview

  • Devise an original performance piece.
  • Use one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli.
  • Centre choice of text and practitioner.

Component 2: Practical examination – marked by a visiting examiner. 20% of the qualification/60 marks Content overview

  • Group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a performance text.
  • Monologue or duologue performance/design realisation from one key extract from a different performance text.
  • Centre choice of performance texts.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes – externally marked. 40% of the qualification/80 marks

Content overview

  • Live theatre evaluation – choice of performance.
  • Practical exploration and study of a complete performance text – focusing on how this can be realised for performance.
  • Practical exploration and interpretation of another complete performance text, in light of a chosen theatre practitioner – focusing on how this text could be reimagined for a contemporary audience.
  • Centre choice of 15 performance.
  • Choice of eight practitioners.


Many of our students apply successfully to Drama schools. In 2015 and 2014 several students got into Rose Bruford. We also have an ex-student who has been to RADA and another student who went to ALRA. They are both working as professional actors. Students have also featured in “Poldark” and “Doc Martin”. One of our students has just completed their acting degree at Marjons University and is off to sing professionally in France over the summer.


100% pass rate every year.


Mrs Crawshaw and Ms Farrow.


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Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

Liskeard School & Community College
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