This exciting and inspiring subject will prepare you for further study at degree level or career and apprenticeships in the industry. You will have the opportunity to perform with your peers in a variety of genres and show your participation in the creation, development and performance of three pieces of theatre for your final assessment.
Throughout the programme, you will study a variety of theatre practitioners and performance techniques, develop a range of theatre making skills and develop an understanding and appreciation of how social, cultural and historical context of performance texts have influenced the development of drama and theatre.
You will perform both devised and scripted works, as well as study separate play-texts as part of your final written examination. You also have access to The McMillan Theatre, which is the College’s state-of-the-art 350-seat theatre and performing arts centre.
This subject promotes and encourages a variety of skills that can be used across any discipline, including presentation skills, communicating effectively with confidence, working with others and creative thinking/problem solving. It contributes to prospects in any creative role due to its inclusion of how to appreciate artistic interpretation. Trips to live theatre events are integral to this subject as it is essential for you to analyse live theatre as part of your exam.
You need grade 5 or above in English and Maths. A second practical interview is required and previous experience is recommended.
You will be assessed through performance and written examinations, with regular internal assessment taking place as the course unfolds. Your final A Level exam will be made up of two/three exam papers covering the entire programme at the end of your second year. The practical pieces will be supported by coursework to record and evaluate both process and performance.
A compulsory trip fee is collected when you enrol and there are additional costs if you take part in residential trips. These can be purchased/paid for via the College online store when you enrol.
Many students go on to study acting and theatre at university or drama school. Previously students have gone on to study at East 15, Drama Centre, LIPA, Italia Conti and many of the UK’s top universities.
This subject is varied, challenging and opens up your eyes as to the diverse styles and endless possibilities of drama. It’s unleashed my creativity and refined me as a performer, as well as improving my analytical skills and knowledge of how theatre is constructed.
I’m constantly surprised by the amount of freedom we’re given as creatives; the lecturers always encourage us to step outside the box.
A Levels (Drama, English Literature & History Early Modern)