The subject is split into 4 units. Students must learn the origins of theatre and how certain practitioners have developed performance over time. They will create performance, analyse techniques and direct others. There is an emphasis on making students decide on the type of drama practitioner they want to become and getting them to justify the choices they make.

About The Course

Course Introduction

2 Year A- Level Course

Award Body


Course Suitable For

Students who have studied GCSE Drama or have a keen interest in theatre/acting. They must be willing to be involved in extra-curricular clubs and work outside of school hours.

Preferable Entry Requirements

Preferable (but not essential): GCSE C or above Drama and English

Why Study?

It improves you as a person and as a student. You will learn to work with others in high pressure situations. You will be given the opportunity to perform to others and work with a variety of professional organisations.

You will also:

  • Get the opportunity to be involved in all Academy productions.
  • Be invited to numerous theatre visits.
  • Be invited to attend the Performing Arts residential trip (we are going to London this year).
  • Work with outside professionals in practical workshops.

Progression Opportunities

Degree level Drama/Performing Arts/Musical Theatre.

Stage School.

An increased confidence and ability to reason, regardless of your chosen field of progression.

Why Grace Academy?

We have an excellent performing Arts department which is continually improving and constantly experimenting with different ways of making the students (specifically the A-level students) responsible for creating, directing and being involved in performance.


Unit 1: Exploring a script

Unit 2: Performing a play and a monologue

Unit 3: Creating a play

Unit 4: Understanding theatre, a script, and how to rehearse

Assessment Methods

Unit 1 and 3 are assessed by the teacher, based on quality of performance (in front of an audience for unit 3) and written evidence of understanding.

Unit 2 is assessed by an examiner based on quality of performance in front of an audience.

Unit 4 is a written exam answering questions about a specific play and a performance the student has watched.

Support Provided

Our Teaching and Learning Strategy is at the core of our approach to our students and their learning. We aim to provide a learning community where students achieve excellence and achievement is celebrated. We want you to enjoy your time at the academy and to be successful.

You will need to monitor your own progress; we want you to become self-critical and to think about how you can improve.

We will expect you to work hard and productively. Being in the academy for as long as it is necessary for you to meet your targets and succeed in your learning.

Course Application

Contact the Post 16 Manager on 0121 329 4630 or email on juliebaker@graceacademy.org.uk.

Register your interest in your chosen courses and an application form will be sent out to you. All applicants are interviewed and conditional offers are made subject suitability of course.

Please note all courses on offer are subject to the minimum uptake for viability.