Drama and Theatre
Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two 5/Bs and three 4/Cs in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade 4/C in Maths and English Language.
Start Date: Sept 2018
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 drama, while becoming an increasingly competent theatre practitioner. It is an academic course which uses practical and creative approaches to study.

What will I learn?

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.

How will the course be assessed?

You will be assessed by examinations at the end of the two-year course.

You will also be expected to carry out independent study and other personal development activities alongside your programme, such as additional workshops, an Extended Project Qualification, leisure extracurricular activities, volunteering or work experience, or part-time employment.


At NCC we’re committed to ensuring that your studies are career focused and are linked to your future goals. Develop a new skill, learn how to be a leader, volunteer for a good cause and keep fit through sport. Enhance your learning and make the most of the array of activities on offer to help you stand out from the crowd when applying for university, an Apprenticeship or a job.


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


Progression and Careers

Former students of Drama and Theatre 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 Central School of Speech and Drama and the University of Leeds, studying a range of degree programmes including Dramatic Arts, Dance, Theatre Production, Acting, Community Theatre and English.

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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