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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.

Will the course give me what I want?

Course content

Unit 1: Exploration of Drama and Theatre - Practical and theoretical exploration of two contrasting play texts (‘In the Blood’ & 'Our Country’s Good'). Study of one theatre practitioner. Exploration Notes of 3000 words based on your response to practical work on the texts (1500 words on each text). A Live Theatre Evaluation of 1000 words.

Unit 2: Theatre Text in Performance (externally assessed) - Learn, stage and perform a monologue to an examiner. Write a 500 word concept for your monologue. Perform in a play directed by your lecturer to a public audience

What subjects does it combine with?

This subject is particularly good with English Literature.

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

This course could lead you a career in the creative arts. As well as learning about performance, the history of theatre and how to conduct critical analysis, this subject is a great way to help you develop skills essential to a variety of professionals: communication (such as public speaking, body language); working as part of a team; following instruction/taking direction; learning by rote; working with confidence; working independently; working with creativity.

How will I learn?

A-levels are taught in the classrooms and workshops of Paddington Green Campus

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1 is assessed via a 4000 word piece of coursework which includes a 1000 word live theatre evaluation and 3000 words research and reflection on practical activities completed during the exploration of two texts. You are also assessed on your contribution in workshops. Unit 2 is assessed by a visiting examiner of your performance in a play directed by your teacher, performance of a monologue and a 500 word written concept.

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

Several hours per week

Which awarding body is the course validation by?


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

All A-level candidates must have a minimum of Six GCSEs – and all candidates must have GCSE English and Maths at C or above.

Expected prior knowledge

Confidence and willingness to perform in front of others. Ability to listen to the ideas of others. Able to learn lines and follow instructions. Creativity and imagination.

English level

GCSE English Language must be a Grade B and candidates should have at least Grade B results in related subjects; eg – History, Sociology, English Literature.

Mathematics level

GCSE Maths grade C.

Equipment and other costs

Students must provide their own pens, pencils and stationery, all other equipment will be provided.

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 2016 to July 2017) 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.