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A Level Drama & Theatre Studies

This course offers you the opportunity to examine all aspects of drama performance and theatre. It develops acting skills, imagination, confidence, and knowledge of a wide range of different theatrical styles. You will learn how to research and plan performances, including devised and scripted work.

You will study plays from a practical perspective, see a wide range of performances in different theatres and create and show your own work consistently throughout the course.

You will act, direct and rehearse with a serious focus on how to produce the best quality work at all times.

You will develop a detailed understanding of what makes a good performance, how to create one and how to analyse the skills used in successful theatre.

What does the course involve?

You will be required to:

  • Act in a series of practical assessed units covering scripted and devised work.
  • Study plays from a range of time periods and styles, theatrical practitioners and theatre companies.
  • See a wide variety of productions at the theatre.

Assessment

Assessment during the course will be through: 

  • Practical performances and/or theatrical design for performances. 
  • A portfolio that documents the exploratory process, skills and techniques developed in response to the performance material and the devising process.
  • A final written examination.

Facilities and resources

The Drama & Theatre Studies department has outstanding resources.

Lessons take place in the Performing Arts Centre. This is a professional standard, fully working theatre with retractable seating for 160 and a state of the art lighting and sound system including intelligent “moving” lights.

Your work will be supported by a sound design technician and theatre manager with responsibility for lighting.

You will have access to the Dance Studio with specialist sprung floor.

The Library has an extensive Performing Arts collection including play texts and drama theory books. One of the Librarians is also a subject specialist.

You will have access to the Digital Theatre Plus online archive which contains a wide range of filmed versions of recent West End and International plays and musicals.

Theatre trips and workshops

Theatre trips and workshops are an essential part of this course and are compulsory. You will need to be committed, inventive and open to new forms and styles of theatre.

Trips may be evening or matinee performances.

Costs may vary from a theatre trip to London costing approximately £60 to a local production costing £10.

What can you do after the course?

Theatre Studies is recognised as a clear indication of high academic and practical achievement.

We have a high success rate of applicants to Russell Group universities and drama schools.

Former students in Drama & Theatre Studies have subsequently gone on to careers in acting, stage management, music, law, politics, psychology, advertising, the media, journalism and teaching.

Recent successes

Students have recently gained places at:

  • The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)
  • Central School of Speech and Drama (three students)
  • Birmingham School of Acting
  • Arts Ed
  • The Drama Centre
  • Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance
  • Fourth Monkey Theatre Company

Drama Enrichment

The Enrichment area of this website has more information about Drama and performance at Hereford Sixth Form College.

 

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