Drama and Theatre Studies AS and A Level
Why take Drama and Theatre Studies?
Are you curious about issues and ideas and have a creative instinct for communicating your views through drama? Are you keen on acting, writing or on the visual and technical side of theatre? Are you interested in going to the theatre to see plays? If you can answer yes to all of these questions, Drama and Theatre Studies is probably for you.
A minimum of 4 subjects at grade 5 or above at GCSE plus English Language or Literature at grade 5 or above and a grade 6 in GCSE Drama (if taken).
You will attend an audition to demonstrate your skills. If you were not able to take GCSE Drama, you will be asked to provide details of your interest in the subject outside of the school context.
What will I study?
The range of work will involve practical performance, devising and working from scripts, writing about theatre you have seen and plays you have read, and the theory and practice of practitioners, playwrights and directors.
A materials contribution of £20 per year is applied to this course. This will be confirmed at your guidance discussion.
There are several theatre trips through the duration of the course. You could expect to budget around £200 over the length of the course for these.
Method of delivery
You will typically be in College four days per week, with lesson style varying according to subject. In-College delivery is supported by online resources, and students develop strong independent learning skills to equip them for their next steps. In addition, you will take part in rehearsals, performances and shows throughout the course.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through written coursework, practical performance and written examination. The course demands practical, creative and communication skills in almost equal measure.
Good course combinations
Drama and Theatre Studies complements a range of subjects including Music, Film Studies, Media Studies, English Literature and Language, Law, Psychology, History and Sociology and is useful in building confidence and improving team working and presentation skills for a range of careers.
Your next steps
Drama and Theatre Studies can lead to further study in drama, theatre studies and performing arts in higher education at degree or HND level or drama school. It can be used as part of your course to broaden your studies and may lead on to a career in the performing arts industries. Several students have gone on to study at prestigious institutions such as ALRA, Manchester Metropolitan University and LIPA.
“The best thing about studying Drama has been meeting new people who want to spend their lives entertaining and inspiring others. Highlights of the course have been the great opportunities for group work and discussion, and the trips we have been on.”