Drama remains a rewarding, rigorous A-Level and was recently regarded as the qualification of choice by a number of key business leaders in a poll, reflecting the importance we place on effective communication and analytical methodology.

The new course specification asks candidates to explore the work of important dramatists and practitioners and the ability to work from a director’s perspective or from a technical angle complements the more conventional actor’s role.

Assessments are both practical and examined, with the former accounting for 60% of the total award. There is no obligation for girls to have studied Drama at GCSE to be successful at A-Level but they will need to possess an evaluative approach and a methodical attitude to performance and note-taking.

A-Level students invariably take part in whole school productions and many have wider theatrical interests beyond school.