A Level Drama & Theatre Studies

Course Code: Q100140

Key Information

  • Course type

    A Levels

  • Campus:

    Sixth Form Campus

  • Start Date:

    Sept 23

  • Duration:

  • Attendance:


For those who want to develop their practical and theoretical understanding of drama. The course will also enable you to develop higher level communication skills.

Units include:

  • an exploration of the practical and theoretical ideas of Stanislavski, Brecht, Artaud and Brook
  • live theatrical performances to support your understanding of performance styles
  • the study of two set texts focusing on how an actor, director or designer would bring each play to life on stage
  • practical acting skills assessments via two performance components: one focusing on performing extracts from three different plays, and the other being a group devised piece

A core part of this course involves attending the theatre – this is in preparation for the ‘live theatre performance’ element of the written paper and in order to widen your understanding and experience of performance. It also allows you to develop self-confidence, presentation skills, personal discipline, time management and group work skills which are highly regarded by both employers and in higher education.

This course also links well with many of the College’s E6 Programme activities, including Dance Live, teaching placements and work experience.


Did you know?

This course can be combined with additional A Levels or a Sixth Form vocational course.

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including drama (if taken at GCSE level), or a merit in Level 2 performing arts. Significant extra-curricular performance experience would also be accepted.

Assessments will comprise 60% personal investigation and 40% externally set practical exam. Your coursework is internally assessed and externally moderated.

You will have a 9.55am start, one lesson in the morning, one in the afternoon and a guaranteed 4pm finish. You will also have at least one morning and one afternoon per week free for private study.

Achieving a high grade on this course could be the first step towards a career as an actor, with admission to a drama school or a university to study a degree in a performance subject being a possibility. Past students have taken up careers in the media, marketing, HR, teaching and customer service at management entry level.

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