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Drama and Theatre Studies

Drama and Theatre Studies 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.

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?

This A level covers the three 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.

There is also a requirement for students to attend a range of productions, and to undertake appropriate research prior to the performance. For the creating original drama and making theatre units, students will adopt roles such as performer, director or designer and learn how to create and develop original, devised ideas to communicate meaning as part of the theatre making process. Students must learn how to contribute to devised drama in a live theatre context for an audience.

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by an examination 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 will need five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and maths. Although a GCSE in drama is not crucial, it would be advantageous.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2017), 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 click here.

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

A level Drama and Theatre Studies 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 our 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

Why study A levels with us?

Route to University

A levels are a more traditional, direct route to university.

Competitive Edge

You'll show that you're capable of thinking at an advanced level.

Tailored Subjects

You'll combine three subjects to help prepare you for your future.

Develop Skills

You’ll develop crucial research and communication skills.

UCAS Applications

Experienced tutors provide support with UCAS applications.

Earn and Learn

Progress onto a higher apprenticeship to earn and learn.