A Level Programme

Drama & Theatre Studies A Level

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About this course

Drama is an exciting, creative and challenging course that allows you to develop your passion for theatre.

The course increases your theoretical understanding of plays and performance and encourages you to develop and apply practical acting techniques and directing skills, through the study of a variety of theatre works.

What will I learn?

You will study two set plays, classical and contemporary, and make evaluative judgments of live theatre performances in preparation for the exam.

You will work as part of a group to present an extract from a play and progress to create an original devised performance for an audience.

You will also undertake research into influential practitioners and theatrical styles, discussing practical rehearsal techniques as part of written coursework.

Throughout the course you will prepare for a public performance and be involved in a number of workshops, including work with visiting theatre companies.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed by written exam, practical performance exam and coursework.

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs with 2 at Grade B/6 and 3 at Grade C/4.
Additional Requirements: Grade 5 in English plus an audition

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - an exciting range of higher level courses, including Teaching
  • University or Drama School - related degrees such as Theatre, Stage Design & Stage Management

Additional Information

You must be prepared to attend theatre visits and extra rehearsals during the course. These may include after College hours and during holidays.

It is required that you attend a College Welcome Day for a workshop audition to ensure your suitability to the practical aspects of the subject.

Drama & Theatre Studies combines well with Dance, English Language & Literature, Film Studies, English Literature, Media Studies, History, Psychology, Sociology, Musical Theatre and Music Performance.