Drama and Theatre

Drama and Theatre combines the study of directors, practitioners and playwrights such as Shakespeare, Ibsen and Brecht with performance skills, confidence and the ability to interpret and analyse drama.

You'll have the opportunity to attend a range of theatrical productions, and will adopt roles such as performer, director or designer to learn how to create and develop original ideas.

Experienced tutors will encourage you to develop your acting, creative skills and confidence in preparation for university and a future career in this creative industry.

This A level is great to study alongside A level English Literature and A level English Language.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

All A level study begins in September and will take two years to complete.

What will I study?

During this A level, you will cover the following units:

  • Drama and theatre
  • Creating original drama
  • Making theatre

This includes analysis of plays, in relation to the ways in which style, form, dramatic structure and characterisation can be interpreted and realised in performance, including the social, historical and cultural context of the plays.

You will also attend a range of productions, and undertake appropriate research prior to the performance.

For the creating original drama and making theatre units, you will adopt roles such as performer, director or designer and learn how to create and develop original ideas to communicate meaning as part of the theatre making process.

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by examinations at the end of year 13 and two performance pieces. Both performance pieces also require submission of either a working notebook or reflective report.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have five GCSEs at grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above, including English and maths. Although a GCSE in drama is desirable, it is not essential.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2019), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please visit our dedicated Financial Support page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

A level Drama and Theatre opens up a whole range of career opportunities as you will have the ability to work in a team, the confidence to talk to large groups of people and the ability to adapt to various situations.

This course will prepare you for degree level study at University Centre St Helens with the FdA in Theatre and Performance or other relevant degrees at other universities.

This is the first step to securing a career in professional acting, community theatre, directing, writing, motivational speaking and teaching.

Ref: Joanne Greenhalgh

What our tutors say...

"Picture yourself on stage, in front of the camera, or behind the scenes writing or directing. This A level inspires and challenges those who wish to step outside of their comfort zone and explore what it takes to enter the world of expressive arts."

Ian, Drama and Theatre Tutor

Why choose our A Level Academy?

Dedicated Support

Our class sizes are small and the support focussed to help you to stay on track with your studies.

Excellent Progression

We have progression routes that lead to university, a higher apprenticeship or employment.

Tailored Subjects

Study three A levels or choose a Professional Skills Programme to help you prepare for your future.

Transport Links

Getting to St Helens College is easier than ever with our free bus pass and dedicated bus service.

UCAS Applications

Experienced tutors provide support with UCAS applications and personal statements.

Student Experience

Gain insight from industry guest speakers, travel abroad and in the UK and compete in competitions.