This new course aims to support teachers who are teaching any of the four A Level specifications for the first time. Demonstrating proven techniques and applying experience delivering A Level courses this course will show how to teach the specification content to a high level, develop high quality performers and demonstrate how to encourage excellent exam technique for Drama students. The course will examine how to focus your delivery for outstanding outcomes. Please note, if you are teaching AQA A Level Drama & Theatre, see course 6361 which is specific to the AQA specification.


  • Gain insight into structuring your A Level course for maximum attainment and enjoyment
  • Develop your repertoire in teaching techniques for practical and written work
  • Take away resources and teaching ideas to apply in the classroom or studio immediately
  • Increase confidence in teaching set texts to A Level standard
  • Find out what examiners are looking for and how to meet assessment demands
  • Obtain an excellent understanding of how to overcome the particularly challenging elements of A Level Drama and Theatre
COURSE DATE London Monday 10 June 2019
  • Teachers looking to introduce the A Level Drama and Theatre qualification in their school
  • NQTs delivering the course for the first time
  • Heads of Department and Heads of Faculty looking to support members of their department
  • Non-specialists
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 11.00am
Feedback: Using the 2018 series to inform delivery of the course

  • Understanding the specification content to create an excellent programme of teaching
  • Applying feedback from Examiners’ Reports from 2018 exam series
  • Getting your course off to a great start: bridging the gap between GCSE and A Level
  • Top tips for supporting those who have not studied GCSE Drama
  • Resourcing your department: recommendations to enrich your students’ experience and develop your subject knowledge even further

11.00 – 11.15am
Discussion: coffee break

11.15 – 12.15pm
Teaching the Set Text

  • Choosing appropriate texts for your students to support maximum engagement and understanding
  • Bringing the text to life: practical teaching techniques to use with your students
  • Embedding social, cultural and historical context to support high attainment
  • Teaching written skills: techniques to support learners of all abilities to articulate their artistic and creative ideas
  • How to encourage independent exploration of texts for high ability students – and with the rest of your class

12.15 – 1.00pm
Teaching Live Production for the Written Paper

  • Developing analytical skills: helping students learn what to look for in a live production
  • Encouraging evaluation: understanding the difference between description and analysis and how this is worth marks in final assessments
  • Choosing appropriate productions for students of all abilities to meet the demands of the exam
  • Supporting low ability students in their analysis: how to scaffold an evaluative approach and structure answers appropriately

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 3.00pm
The Practical NEAs: Devising

This practical session explores how to support students with the devising element of the A Level course

  • Exploring different stimuli for maximum potential: supporting your students in the early stages of their devising work for performance and technical/design candidates
  • Recording progress: how to support students appropriately to write their accompanying work in order to analyse and evaluate the process
  • Developing practical skills: ensuring that students make progress in order to achieve their full potential in the NEAs

3.00 – 4.00pm
The Practical NEAs: Performing Extracts

  • Choosing appropriate A Level standard extracts with your students’ strengths and the specification demands in mind
  • Supporting written work: how to achieve maximum marks in the written element of the NEA
  • Top tips for examination day: preparing for your visiting examiner and helping your students achieve their full potential