Drama & Theatre Studies

Why should I study Drama?

The A-Level in Drama and Theatre is an inspiring course, offering students the chance to work as theatre-makers, to perform scripted pieces, to interpret characters and to analyse and interpret both classic and contemporary texts. There are also numerous opportunities to access and review live theatre. A passion for theatre is essential, and the focus of the course is not only on acting, but also on critically analysing devised and scripted pieces of theatre. In the past, students have gone on to study Drama, Media and Performing Arts at Higher Education institutes, and have gained work in theatre, television, film, education, community work, media and facilitation.

Applicants will be required to attend an audition for this course, and will be told in advance what they need to prepare.


What will I study?

Component 1: Drama and Theatre

This written examination focuses on ‘Jerusalem’
by Jez Butterworth, and ‘The Glass Menagerie’ by Tennessee Williams exploring these works as director, designer and performer. Students will also review a piece of live theatre.

Component 2: Creating Original Drama

Creation of a brand new piece of theatre.

Component 3: Making Theatre

Performance of three different excerpts of script, either as a monologue, duologue, or group piece.

Students will also produce accompanying essays, justifying and analysing the creative process, and will work in the style of studied practitioners and theatre companies.

What are the entry requirements?

Please refer to our Course Specific Entry Requirements table here