Drama and Theatre Studies A level

Level A-level

What will I study?

You will study and stage a range of different texts and apply your own ideas to them. You will learn about different practitioners who have influenced theatre and gain a historical understandng of how modern theatre has arisen. Within the practical components of the course you will perform monologues and duologues and also work in groups, both devising and staging plays. There is portfolio coursework detailing your rehearsal processes and also a written exam which includes evaluation of the theatre you have seen on the course. Be prepared to go and see productions locally and in London.

Is this course right for me?

If you enjoy watching theatre, are happy to perform and are willing to try out ideas in a workshop environment then you will enjoy the course. The ability to work as part of a team is essential. There are many opportunities to practically apply your skills as a performer. More challenging areas would include essay writing and the application of theory to practice. Assessment is 40% practical and 60% written. This subject would suit students who are interested in studying any humanities subjects such as English Literature and Language as well as History and Classics. Additionally it sits well alongside social sciences such as Psychology and Sociology.

Where next?

Drama and Theatre Studies is a subject in communication and visual / verbal analysis. Students have gone on to study Drama, Theatre Studies, English, Classics, History, Law, Philosophy or Psychology. Others have gone on to study a performance related qualification at Drama Schools. Many have pursued careers in the police force, social work, teaching and the advertising industry.

Minimum entry requirements

C/5 in English Literature GCSE. Please make sure that you have also looked at and understand the overall entry requirements to study at BHASVIC. These are available here and outline the GCSE grades you need to take up one of the Programmes of Study at the college.