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Moulsham High School

Drama - Key Stage 5

Drama & Theatre Studies


Drama & Theatre Studies is a linear A-Level from OCR.


  • Designed as a natural progression from the GCSE Drama examination
  • Offers many opportunities for practical, creative work for a variety of audiences
  • Develops academic understanding of performance theory and theatre history, plays and playwrights and performance skills
  • Enables you to explore a range of texts and theatre practitioners
  • Asks you to reflect upon the processes involved in creating a piece of theatre
  • Encourages an appreciation of live theatre through a variety of visits
  • Requires that you conduct individual and group research


Students must be prepared to be involved, committed and fully focused in lessons, which will be both practical and academic in nature.


Typical work might include:


  • Exploring themes or characters from a chosen play
  • Experiencing at first hand the techniques of an important theatre practitioner
  • Discussing ideas for lighting, costuming or setting a play
  • Preparing for your own group performance
  • Working independently
  • Applying theoretical concepts to practical work
  • Planning and leading workshops for other students to demonstrate their learning and skills


Students keep a detailed log of their work and will write specific assignments based on the practical exploration and performance work.


How is the course assessed?

At Moulsham we follow the exciting specification for A Level Drama and Theatre offered by OCR.


The Drama and Theatre qualification will a combination of written exams and non-examined assessment, including practical work. Practical work will underpin preparation for written elements.


Description When? Content/Assessment % of exam

Practitioners in Practice



Year 12
Terms 1 and 3
Year 13
Term 1

Research and practically explore practitioners and the work of others.

Creating, devising and performing original theatre.


Exploring and Performing Texts



Year 13
Terms 1 and 2

Explore ONE performance text.

Performing Live Theatre

Designing for live theatre

Analysing Performance

Written Paper

Year 12
Term 2

Explore practically TWO performance texts on a chosen theme.

Analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance


Deconstructing Texts For Performance

Written Paper

Year 13
Terms 2 and 3
Interpret and explore practically a performance text considering how to create, develop and direct a performance for an audience. 20%


How can I find out more?

  • Speak to your drama teachers. They will be delighted to tell you about the course and whether it’s right for you.
  • Go to and look up the resources for A Level Drama and Theatre.
  • Follow our social media profiles for news, announcements and stories about the arts.
  • Speak to our current cohorts in Years 12 and 13. Students are proud and excited to be part of Team Drama and they'd love to tell you all about what they do.


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