Harborne, Birmingham
0121 429 2838



The WJEC Eduqas A level in Drama and Theatre is an exciting and inspiring course which prepares learners for further study in Higher Education. This highly practical specification provides learners with the opportunity to work as either performers and/or designers on three different performances.

Why choose this?
With the skills you learn on this course, not only could you become an actor, comedian, presenter, entertainer, facilitator or teacher, but you will also develop important communication and interpersonal skills to meet the needs of a range of commercial and business sectors. The performing arts offer a wide range of skills that are sought after in many other professions such as leadership, public speaking and creativity.

As a partnership school we work closely with the Birmingham Hippodrome offering opportunities behind the scene and in performance workshops; a chance to participate in open auditions for their productions and choreography workshops with industry professionals. We regularly visit local and national theatres, experiencing a variety of performance styles, as well as further afield including performance sessions at Disneyland Paris. Previously we have collaborated with Big Brum Theatre in Education company, The Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham City University, The Birmingham Conservatoire and The Birmingham Rep.

Areas of study & assessment
Component 1 Theatre Workshop (20% of qualification) Predominantly practical.
Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated

Component 2: Text in Action (40% of qualification) Predominantly practical.
Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner

Component 3: Text in Performance (40% of qualification) Predominantly written
Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes


  • We are now part of the HEN (Hippodrome Education Network) which enables the Department to access many free and reduced price tickets/workshops and experiences within the performing arts sector
  • We also run theatre trips to The REP, The Crescent and the MAC 
  • Workshops with theatre companies, such as Big Brum and professionals come into school
  • We work closely with Birmingham City University
  • London overnight stay to the West End and visit to Warner Bros Studio 
  • Trip to Disneyland Paris, including workshop and performance

I chose drama as it’s exciting and creative. During lessons we develop our team building, creative and stagecraft skills through rehearsals and performance and analysis skills through evaluating our work and watching live theatre. Every lesson is different and this is something I value.  As a group we love learning about drama practitioners and different styles of theatre such as Theatre of the Oppressed, Theatre of Cruelty and Physical Theatre.  Teachers always have new and exciting ways in which to develop each of us and build up our skills. I originally went to another college but I came back for the drama department as I missed the teaching and the whole atmosphere.

A Level Drama student