Drama and Theatre Studies
Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two Bs and three Cs in five subject areas at GCSE to include a minimum of a grade 4 in Maths and English Language. However, due to the new GCSE grading, we do recommend that you are working towards at least a grade 5 in both Maths and English Language.
Start Date: Sept 2017
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

On this A Level course you will be shown the wonderful diversity in theatre and will learn to analyse, interpret and create imaginative, stylish and effective theatre, while becoming an increasingly competent theatre practitioner. It is an academic course which uses practical and creative approaches to study.

As the name of this A Level suggests, two linked subjects join to create an excellent and challenging course. Drama explores the practical side of performance and students will learn to develop their own performance skills, growing in confidence and improving their own communication skills. The study of theatre considers the theory of performance and how a text is developed to be performed to a live audience and greatly enhances the students’ research and analytical abilities.


What will I learn?

Based on a key extract from a published play and using the approaches of a theatre practitioner as stimuli, you will contribute in the devising process and production of an original piece of theatre.

Text in Performance
You will take part in rehearsal and performance of a group performance chosen by your teacher. You will also perform a monologue from a play that you have selected and researched yourself.

Theatre Makers in Practice
You will explore two complete plays and create your own interpretation in the form of a production concept, demonstrating understanding of the work of key theatre practitioners.

How will the course be assessed?

Component 1 – Devising 40% overall
60 marks portfolio
20 marks performance

Component 2 – Text in Performance – 20% overall
Performance of a group piece and a monologue

Component 3 – Theatre makers in practice – 40% overall
2.5.hr written paper 80 Marks. Three sections:
A – Live Theatre Evaluation
B – Page to Stage: Response to an unseen extract from a studied text.
C – Interpreting Performance Text: Response to a question about your production concept for a studied text.


As a Drama and Theatre Studies student you will enjoy many opportunities to perform and improve your skills. The College holds an annual Talent Show and this is a perfect showcase for your talents! Students also attend regular theatre trips and enjoy workshops with industry professionals. In addition, you may have the chance to take part in singing and dance sessions.


We have a large, modern theatre, where you will work for most of your lessons to perfect your theatre skills.


Materials and other information

There will be a nominal fee to cover books and trips.

Progression and Careers

Former students of Drama and Theatre Studies have gone on to study at some of the UK’s top universities and acting schools including; LAMDA (the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts), Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, the University of Manchester, the University of Leicester and the University of Leeds, studying a range of degree programmes including Dramatic Arts, Dance, Theatre Production, English and Theatre and Acting and Community Theatre.

The communication and inter-personal skills acquired through drama are becoming increasingly sought after by employers and the skills you will build working in groups are transferable to any industry.

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