AS/A Level Drama and Theatre Studies

Key Details

  • Available at
    Dolgellau, Pwllheli
  • Level
  • Study Mode
  • Programme Area
    International, AS/A-Level
  • Course Length

    1-2 years

  • Course Type
    Full-Time (Further Education)
  • Bilingual

    This programme is available bilingually at the following campus(es):

    • Dolgellau
    • Pwllheli

Please note: We recommend that you have access to a laptop/chromebook to enable coursework to be completed digitally at home. There is a dedicated IT Digital Inclusion fund to support those learners who do not have a digital device and are unable to purchase one.

Course Description

Would you like to study drama and theatre at an advanced level? This course is suitable for a wide range of students, with a variety of goals. This includes those who enjoy performing, and are considering a career in the profession. It also includes those who want to develop their self-confidence, or progress from their GCSE Drama course.

Whatever your motivation, this course enables you to develop skills in acting, scriptwriting, devising, analysing text, directing, and designing. It also encourages broader skills such as working with others. In addition to working with other students who also enjoy performing, you will have the opportunity to analyse live theatre performances, in local venues and in cities like Birmingham and London.

The course can be taken as part of a full-time programme of study, in conjunction with other AS/A Level subjects, or possibly with vocational Level 3 qualifications.

There are numerous reasons why students show interest in studying “Drama and Theatre Arts”.

Many students follow the course because they enjoy performing and are considering a career in the profession, while others simply want to develop self-confidence or as a natural progression from their GCSE Drama course. Whatever reason, “Drama and Theatre Arts” gives you the opportunity to develop a range of skills that include acting, scriptwriting, devising, analysing text, directing and designing as well as interpersonal skills such as working with others; giving you the chance to work with other students who also enjoy performing.

Another important part of the course is analysing live performances therefore theatre visits are arranged. We support local venues as well as arrange trips further afield to Birmingham and London. Drama students are also encouraged to take part in extracurricular College shows

Unit information

DA1: Performance Workshop

For this unit, you will either act in a group or contribute to a chosen technical production to a performance from:

  • A set text
  • A devised piece

DA2: Text

You will answer three questions:

  • One pre -1900 from a prescribed list
  • One post -1900 from a prescribed list
  • Live theatre review

DA3: Performance on a Set Theme

You will be expected to work in response to a theme set by WJEC and prepare two performances. In each case candidates will either act or demonstrate a technical production skill with a group of performers. The performance will include: scenes/extracts from a published text and a piece devised by the group. An evaluation of performance work for both pieces will be required.

DA4: Text in Context

  • Two set texts from a prescribed list: one pre-1900 and one post-1900
  • Directorial analysis of an unseen text.

There will be four sections to the paper: ground plan, design/costume, lighting/sound and movement.

Entry Criteria

In order to qualify for this course, you will need the following:

  • 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or Welsh 1st Language
  • GCSE English or Welsh 1st Language grade B

As part of the application process, you will be asked to attend an interview to give you the opportunity to discuss the course.

Progression to A Level is based on your performance at AS Level.


  • A variety of learning methods are used, but the majority of sessions are workshops. Even the work on set texts will utilise practical, workshop sessions.
  • You will also benefit from visits by actors, dramatists and directors, who will be invited to the College to hold unique workshops.


  • You will have informal assessments during term, with a variety of practical and project-based activities
  • The practical units will be assessed internally and moderated externally
  • The written units will be assessed in January of each year, with questions to test your understanding.


Whether you gain the full A Level or just the AS Level, the course adds to your qualifications and helps you to progress. You will gain UCAS points and be able to apply for a range of Higher Education courses at many institutions, including Grŵp Llandrillo Menai.

Your options will include undergraduate study at university, technical theatre training, and professional performance courses at drama, music or dance colleges. You could also apply for courses in other subject areas, including Welsh, English, Education, Psychology, or Film and Television Studies.

The course also prepares you for a range of careers in the performing arts, including professional singing, dancing and acting, performance company management, entertainments management, theatre management, choreography, and community arts.

You could also progress into other sectors such as education, the media, marketing, and journalism.

Would you like to apply for this course?