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A-level Drama and Theatre Studies

  • Fee
    16-18 Free  /  19+ £2,172 per year*
  • Duration of course 72 Weeks (Over 2 years)
  • Course type Full-time
  • This course is suitable for 16-18; Adults

To apply for A Levels

Please choose an initial A Level you would like to apply for, then follow the on screen instructions on the online application form.  Add the names of the additional A Levels you would like to study into your personal statement, indicating why you have selected those options.

Course Content

Component 1: Devising

You will work in a group of up to six people to create an original performance for a public audience, using an existing text (‘Attempts on Her Life’ by Martin Crimp) as stimuli and the methodologies of a key theatre practitioner (Complicite). This is accompanied by a 3000 word piece of coursework that documents your journey and evaluation of the project. Internally assessed and externally moderated.

Component 2: Text in Performance

You will work in a group of up to six people to rehearse and perform an extended extract from a published play, alongside rehearsing and performing a monologue, also from a published play. Performances are to a public audience and a visiting examiner. Externally assessed.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice

You will practically and theoretically explore two set texts (‘Equus’ by Peter Shaffer and ‘Lysistrata’ by Aristophanes), making decisions about performance and design elements. You will also investigate the original performance conditions for each, including those of Ancient Greek theatre and society. You will also visit the theatre regularly to analyse and evaluate live performance. All work for this Component is assessed through a two and a half hour examination at the end of the course.

How will I learn?

Most lessons have a practical focus and take place in the College’s drama studio, however more traditional classroom based lessons are part of the course. You will be expected to maintain a Drama Diary, and to complete regular research and reflections on your work. The ability to work well as part of a group is an essential requirement for this course.

How will I be assessed?

Your progress will be regularly be assessed through contributions to practical work, written assignments and in-class tests as well the final assessment methods for each Component (above).

How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc.?

For this course, it is expected that you complete at least four hours a week homework. You must also be prepared to attend the theatre visits that are an essential part of the course, as well as attend additional rehearsals for Components 1 and 2. These can include some evenings, weekends and during holidays. Students often meet each other in their own time to run scenes for practical work. 

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What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enroll?

GCSE Drama is desirable, but not essential; we understand that sometimes it is not possible to take GCSE Drama at school. You will need strong written skills, so a Grade 6/7 (B) in GCSE English Language is necessary. Whilst being an incredibly fun and active course, A Level Drama and Theatre also requires hard work and a high level of commitment so you will need a good deal of confidence and bounds of imagination!

For further information please call 020 7258 2721, email or come to one of our Open Days.​

* Fee information

Fees shown are set against the current year (August 2017 to July 2018) and are subject to change when Government funding changes are announced.

All our full time further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are free if you are 16-18 years old and meet UK residency requirements. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as free school meals and travel.

If you are  enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances.​