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 three set plays 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?

General Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C including English and Maths at grade 4 (grade C)

Specific Requirements

  • English Literature at grade C

In certain circumstances we will accept variations to this entry guide and create a personalised programme.

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - an exciting range of higher level courses, including Teaching
  • University or Drama School - higher study
  • Careers - actor, performer, director, producer, teacher, coach

Additional Information

You must attend an initial drama workshop and 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 and Literature, Creative Writing, Film Studies, English Literature, Media Studies, Communication & Culture, History, Psychology, Sociology, Musical Theatre and Music Performance.