Drama & Theatre

The WJEC GCE AS and A level in Drama and Theatre offers a practical and challenging course of study which encourages learners to:

  • develop and apply an informed, analytical framework for making, performing, interpreting and understanding drama and theatre
  • understand the place of relevant theoretical research in informing the processes and practices involved in creating theatre and the place of practical exploration in informing theoretical knowledge of drama and theatre
  • develop an understanding and appreciation of how the social, cultural and historical contexts of performance texts have influenced the development of drama and theatre
  • understand the practices used in twenty-first century theatre making
  • experience a range of opportunities to create theatre, both published text-based and devised work
  • participate as a theatre maker and as an audience member in live theatre
  • understand and experience the collaborative relationship between various roles within theatre
  • develop and demonstrate a range of theatre making skills
  • develop the creativity and independence to become effective theatre makers
  • adopt safe working practices as a theatre maker
  • analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others.

For further information, please see the WJEC webpages for the subject:

https://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/drama-and-theatre-as-a-level/#tab_overview

Why choose Drama?

“Hi, my name is Billy and I studied Drama at Crickhowell High School for GCSE and A Level. I am currently studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama at the University of Exeter. Since starting my course, I have realised that everything I learnt in school is completely relevant to my studies here. The mention of any practitioner at A level or GCSE is useful, as you are bound to have assignments or work relating to theatre practitioners in a university or Drama School course: for example, I learnt about Brecht in Year 10 and have recently completed some work on his practices now.

The most valuable skill I have taken from studying drama is the capacity to solve problems through creative thinking, a hugely transferable skill, whether drama is your aspiration in life or not. It cannot be stressed enough how important this skill is in all walks of life. My ability to socialise in both professional and casual circumstances is also something that I have taken from studying drama in school as well; drama really increases one’s confidence.

Having completed a single term at university, my eyes have been opened to the prospects that Drama studies has to offer, both in the Performing Arts, film and television industries, and in the wider workplace as well. Currently, I am being taught by a PHD student doing a joint honours in Drama and Medicine, which should give you an idea of how variable Drama studies can be, as well as how compatible it is with all sorts of other subjects.”

CHS 2020

Currently studying for a BA(Hons) in Drama