This is a varied course and is designed to develop your knowledge and enjoyment of drama and theatre. It is an ideal subject for those who enjoy reading, performing and exploring ideas.
It combines both practical and academic work skills. You will study a range of plays, comedies and tragedies, old and new, and explore them through performance and discussion. Seeing live theatre is a vital part of the course and we arrange trips to see both local and London productions. The course is a mixture of practical (including acting skills) and written work and an enthusiasm for both aspects is needed for success. Drama and Theatre is a subject that can be helpful and enjoyable to any student not just budding actors. It is an essay-based subject that is well respected in higher education as a varied and challenging exploration of the drama and theatre making process.
The first year of the course consists of the study of a set text. You will study this practically in lessons and explore how you can perform and stage a play. You will also learn how to evaluate live theatre performances and practitioners; recording your research and informing your own practical work. During the second year of the course you will study another play text. This along with the play studied in the first year and a question on live productions will be examined in a written exam. You will learn to direct and stage a performance for an audience of a third play and you will explore and perform a further play which will be assessed practically.
Progression to the second year of this A Level course will be dependent on having made satisfactory progress in the first year of the course, including achieving at least an E grade in a formal late spring assessment, as well as the maintenance of a good level of attendance and commitment throughout the year.
This consists of two written exams and two Practical exams: A devised piece (completed at the end of Year 1), with a second scripted piece and accompanying coursework from Year 2.
For an A Level programme of study, we normally require students to have a range of at least five to seven GCSE passes at grade 4 or higher, ideally including English and Mathematics, but students must also satisfy the minimum entry criteria for A Level Drama & Theatre below.
GCSE English Language or English Literature
Although useful, it is not necessary to have previously studied Drama; however, experience of acting plus an interest in the academic study of Drama and Theatre is necessary and will be explored at interview with a further practical assessment at induction.
All universities recognise A Level Drama and Theatre and welcome the breadth it brings to broader study. There are many students who complemented their programme with A Level Drama & Theatre who are now studying a broad range of different courses at top universities including Medicine, Law, History, Geography, Philosophy, Politics, Mathematics, Business, Economics, Modern Languages, Biomedical Sciences, Film as well as Drama, Theatre and English.
You will be expected to join us on at least two visits to the theatre. This is an essential part of the course and plays a key role in helping you to appreciate the theatrical experience.