AQA Drama A-Level

Our A Level Drama and Theatre offers students the opportunity to explore drama as a practical art form in which ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through choices of form, style and convention.


The Drama department has developed a strong Post 16 Level 3 and A level program. Students learn to engage as performers, directors and practitioners with published, new and self devised texts in order to explore Drama and Theatre in theoretical and practical forms.

Students have the opportunity several times through the year to develop, rehearse and perform to the public including Acting showcases including joint performances with the Performing Arts Musical Theatre department. 

When they leave Elstree UTC, Drama students are prepared for Drama and Musical Theatre school auditions and entering the professional world of theatre.

Students will:
Create, perform and respond to drama and theatre
Explore the relationship between theory and practice
Develop the creativity and independence to become effective theatre makers

The subject content details the knowledge, understanding and skills that students are expected to develop throughout the course of study.
The subject content for AS Drama and Theatre is divided into two components:
1- Interpreting Drama
2. Creating Original Drama
3. Making theatre

Component 1: Interpreting drama
(Written exam: 3 hours, Open book, 80 marks, 40% of AS)
Component 2: Creating Original Drama (Practical)
(Working notebook (40 marks); Devised performance (20 marks); 60 marks in total, 30% of A-level)
Component 3: Making theatre(Practical)
(Performance of Extract 3 (40 marks); Reflective report (20 marks); 60 marks in total, 30% of A-level)