A Level Drama and Theatre Studies is a multi-faceted course which will see you doing everything from analysing plays to learning about the history of theatre to flexing your acting muscles in live performances.

As part of the course, you’ll work with classmates on the practical exploration and interpretation of key texts, and create performance pieces relating to these works. You’ll also keep a log book and working notebook which you’ll use to evaluate your performances.

You'll need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen pathway.

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This dynamic subject will see you studying a range of topics, including:

- Drama and theatre
- Creating original drama
- Making theatre

On this stimulating course, you’ll benefit from a study programme that strikes a careful balance between the practical and theoretical aspects of theatre.

You will build a strong foundation of knowledge, which you will use to inform you practical work, where you’ll be free to push boundaries and harness your creativity.

Through the course, you will be challenged both practically and academically. Practically, you will have the opportunity to assume a range of roles such as actor, director and designer, allowing you to step outside your comfort zone, experience performance from varying viewpoints and discover where your passion lies.

On the academic side, you’ll explore the historical and social context of theatre and dramatic works. Equipped with this theoretical understanding, you’ll be able to engage in in-depth analysis of these texts, which will enhance both your written and performance skills.

This course is assessed via a written examination and performances which are assessed by an external examiner. 

An A Level in Drama and Theatre Studies can help you access a diverse range of roles within the theatre and creative arts industries such as Actor, Director, Designer and Stage Manager and the television and film industries as a Casting Director. Other work areas where your skills will prove useful include Teaching and Educational Outreach Work.

The diverse nature of Drama and Theatre Studies means that you will complete your studies with a valuable set of skills (public speaking, teamwork, organisation etc.) that are transferable to a range of degree courses and job roles.

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