Lincoln Minster School

A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies

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83% A*-C (2023)

This course offers a wide variety of opportunities for you to play to your individual strengths, whether as a performer, designer, critic or all three.

A-Level Drama and Theatre will challenge and stretch you, both physically and intellectually, but it will also be hugely fulfilling and rewarding - and fun. You will develop skills in collaboration, writing concisely and in detail, communication, analysis and research, in addition to experiencing the roles of actor, designer, director and theatre critic.

You will become more confident and secure in the creative process, and will be able to explore your own particular areas of interest.

Past Drama students have gone onto a huge variety of degree courses and careers; many find they excel due to the skills they have honed which give them confidence, and a breadth of experience.

We have a very strong record of Drama students going on to Russell Group Universities, Conservatoires, and Oxbridge. Drama students have gone to RADA and Bristol Old Vic to study course in Acting and also in Production Arts. They have also become Drama therapists, Doctors, Singers, Engineers, Designers, Lawyers and Physicists. There is no such thing as a “typical” student of Drama.

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Course Content and Methodology

The course consists of three components. One of these will be examined in Year 12; the others in Year 13. All components link, and the skills you explore and develop will complement each other. As part of the course we also visit the theatre throughout the year. Recent trips have included The Lovely Bones, Theatre Royal (Nottingham), Antony and Cleopatra, National Theatre (London), A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Bridge Theatre (London). We also have access to the Drama Online Library, offering hundreds of filmed productions from the Globe, National, Young Vic, Donmar and Old Vic Theatres.

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Component 1:

Devising 9DR0/01


  • 40% of A-Level
  • 80 marks

You will devise an original piece of Drama, using one key extract from a text and one practitioner as a stimulus. You may act as performer or designer. Assessment is internal. Marks are awarded for your portfolio (60 marks) and the practical devising (20 marks).

Component 2:

Text In Performance 9DR0 /02


  • 20% of A-Level
  • 60 marks

You will perform or design for a monologue/duologue and a group piece, of two key extracts from two different performance texts. Assessment is external. Marks are awarded separately for the group piece (36 marks) and for the mono/duo (24 marks).

Component 3:

Theatre Makers in Practice 9DR0/03


  • 40% of A-Level
  • 80 marks

You will answer questions on:

Section A: One question on a live theatre production. You may bring in 500 words of notes.

Section B: Two questions on a set text, focusing on how this might be realised in performance. The extract is provided.

Section C: One question on a second set text, focusing on your own ideas for a production in the light of a practitioner. You may take in a copy of the text. The exam is marked externally. Marks are awarded as follows:

Section A: 20 marks Section B: 36 marks Section C: 24 marks.

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Meet Our Alumni

Our students go on to many exciting destinations all over the world and work in a wide range of careers. Our alumni includes Netflix actors, olympians, racecar drivers, musicians, business leaders and much more. 

Course Requirements

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Aspire Programme

The Aspire Programme is dedicated to providing exciting and challenging academic opportunities for our students.
These opportunities will be focused on extending knowledge and understanding, providing stimulating and demanding academic challenges, and, ultimately, inspiring students to apply for the most competitive courses at the most prestigious institutions. 


Our Sixth Form students have access to their own Common Room, Resources Centre and Silent Study Suite, where they socialise and relax, find books or speak to our Careers team, and complete their studies in peace (respectively).

As part of their studies, students may also have access to the dedicated art, photography and graphic design studio, purpose-built Recital Hall for musical performances, fully-equipped drama studio as well as indoor and outdoor sporting facilities.