Drama and Theatre

Drama and Theatre

This course is ideal for creative students who want to study and make theatre for a contemporary audience.

  • Course Type School Leaver
  • Subject Area Dance, Drama, Performance and Production
  • Qualification A Level 🧩
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Location Centre for Creative Industries
  • Course Length 2 years
100% Pass rate in 2019

This course can be combined with other courses to make a full programme. It goes well with any subject but particularly works well with Art or Media based subjects and English and Humanities courses.

This courses allow you to combine practical performance with theoretical work, based on studying set plays and their stage history. The course has a practical feel and will be largely taught in studio spaces. It is delivered over two years and combines the study of one set play, alongside the performance of one scripted piece and one reinterpretation of an existing text, plus two further performance pieces, one scripted and one devised, and the study of two set texts.

Assessment is by practical performance and written coursework (60%) and written examination (40%).

What topics will I study?

You will:

  • Study five plays over the two year course
  • Explore the techniques and practices of theatre
  • Enjoy writing about theatre, whether in response to reading plays or seeing performances
  • Attend a wide variety of performances and workshops
  • Rehearse, develop and perform extracts of published plays and your own devised material
  • Develop transferable skills such as communication, public speaking, teamwork, negotiation, creativity and leadership skills

We will organise a wide range of theatre trips to a variety of venues across the year. We ask that students have an open mind and attitude and learn to appreciate theatre and performance in a range of forms, styles and genres. We also invite professional theatre practitioners to come into college and provide both practical and theoretical workshops in order to enhance the learning experience.

Next steps: You could progress to university, drama school or an Apprenticeship. There are many transferable skills gained through studying drama that are suitable to a wide range
of careers. This could include jobs in marketing, education, project management, the caring professions and the social sciences, as well as work within the theatre and creative industries.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements: Eight GCSEs at grade 4 or above (to include English and Maths).

Subject specific requirements: GCSE Drama is helpful, but not essential. You must be able to write an essay and work effectively in a group. Seeing live theatre should be something that you enjoy doing regularly.


There is a drama theatre in the Centre for Creative Industries. You will have access to a learning resource centre and refectory.

Additional Costs

There are some costs of materials and resources.

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