WJEC AS Level Drama and Theatre Studies Level 3

Key Information

Subject Area

Subject Area
A Levels



Mode of Study
Mode of Study
Full Time

Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone

Start Date

Start Date
08 September 2021


1 year

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C or above to include Maths/Numeracy or Grade B in English/Welsh 1st Language

In a nutshell

Drama and Theatre Studies is for students who enjoy reading and watching plays, as well as taking part in them, whether performing, directing or designing sets and costumes.

This course is for you if...

... You’re confident and enthusiastic about theatre
... You want a practical and theoretical study programme
... You’re creative and hardworking

What will I be doing?

This course offers students the freedom to choose both the content and the form of their practical presentations. In total, you’ll be studying a total of 4 units:

AS Unit 1: Theatre Workshop

Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated, 24% of qualification. You’ll be assessed on either acting or design and participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of theatre.

You must produce:

  • A realisation of the performance or design
  • A creative log
  • An evaluation

AS Unit 2: Text in Theatre Written Examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

16% of the qualification. Open book: A series of questions based on A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller.

A Level (the above plus a further 2 Units)

A2 Unit 3: Text in Action

Non-exam assessment, externally assessed by a visiting examiner, 36% of the qualification. You’ll create, develop and perform as either an actor or designer:

  • A devised piece using the techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company
  • An extract from a text in a different style chosen by you

You’ll present your performance live for a visiting examiner. For those choosing design, you’ll give a non-assessed 5-10 minute presentation of your design to the examiner. You must produce a process and evaluation report within one week of completion of the practical work.

A2 Unit 4: Text in Performance - Written Examination: 2 hours 30 minutes

24% of the qualification. Open book: Two questions, based on two different texts: A Day in the Death of Joe Egg by Peter Nichols or The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning by Tim Price and Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim. Please be prepared to attend several theatre visits throughout the course.

Upon completion of the course, you’ll achieve:

  • AS Level Drama and Theatre Studies
  • A Level Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Skills Activities
  • English and Maths

What is expected of me?

To enter this course, you’ll need a minimum of 5 GCSEs. Grade C or above, to include Maths/Maths Numeracy or Grade B in English/Welsh First Language

Full commitment to attendance is required, as is respect for others, enthusiasm for the subject and self-motivation. You’ll be continually assessed and there is an expectation that you’ll continue your studies and coursework during your own time.

What comes next?

Students can progress onto Higher Education or a career in Performing Arts.

Additional information

All costs are under review and subject to change.

Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone
(Full Time)
Start Date: 08 September 2021

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