Drama and Theatre A Level
About the course
This is a creative and challenging course that combines a practical and theoretical study of theatre. You will analyse and perform a wide range of texts, explore the work of established practitioners and consider how the history of theatre has shaped contemporary styles and form. Over the two years, you will take part in a variety of assessments and develop a wide range of skills in both performance and academic analysis. There will be theatre trips to support your study and engagement with the industry.
• Five GCSEs at grades 9-4/A*-C, including grade 4/C in English Language
• Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language
• Grade 5 or above in GCSE Drama
• If you have not taken the subject at GCSE but have extensive experience in Drama, this will also be accepted
• Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.
• IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.
The course comprises three Components: Devised Theatre, Text in Performance and Theatre Makers in Practice. Amongst many things, you will study and perform up to six different texts from a variety of time periods, styles and sources as well as learn how production values and design elements are used to communicate to an audience.
There are a variety of different forms of assessment on this A-Level including three performance exams over the two years and one summative written exam at the end of the second year.
Our students go on to study at a variety of Higher Education Institutes, including Drama Schools and Universities. We have also had students accepted onto a variety of apprenticeships and internships within the industry.
I feel what we achieved was outstanding
Studied: A Level Drama and Theatre Studies, English Literature and History
As part of the College's Christmas production, Milo Maris took on the lead role of Frank Cross aka Scrooge in the modern version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
He said of the experience:
"Putting on a production as ambitious as Scrooged! was incredibly difficult to pull off, but fantastic to be a part of once we had finished the run. Considering how much time we had for rehearsals compared to full scale West End shows, I feel what we achieved was outstanding and quality visual entertainment.
"It was a big challenge to be the lead in such an intense production that required me to maintain as much physical and vocal intensity as possible to keep the show moving at its phenomenally fast pace. I had to learn how to balance my studies with preparing for the role but this was an important test as acting is what I really want to pursue as a career – my dream come true."
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Our Sixth Form College has a 25 year track record of delivering success. Over 30 A Levels are on offer from Physics to History of Art.
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Based in vibrant Angel, the Sixth Form College has a 25 year track record of delivering success. There are over 30 A Levels on offer from Dance to History of Art to Science.