Course Details

The emphasis of this subject is on making and understanding theatre. You will explore theatre from an actor’s perspective as well as those of the director and designer through practical text work, improvisation and discussion. You will look at plays in their historical and theatrical context, and examine the role of theatre in today’s society.

Entry Requirements

You will need to have 5 GCSEs at grades 9/A* to 4/C including English Language and Maths. If you did not study GCSE Drama or have not yet achieved a Grade 4/C, you will be required to attend an audition. You will also be required to complete a GCSE to A Level Transition Project prior to enrolment.

Career options

Studying Drama & Theatre can lead to Careers in Acting, Theatre Management or Production, Journalism, Film and Media, Lawyer, Stage Management, Teaching and many more. It will also give you confidence and communication skills that will assist you in any future career choices.

A Level Drama and Theatre Studies

Five highlights

  • 1 Outstanding OFSTED inspection for Performing Arts.
  • 2 Excellent support from subject lecturers.
  • 3 High success rate.
  • 4 Variety of enrichment activities.
  • 5 Technical support in costume, sound and lights.

Key Points

  • Chichester Campus
  • 09.09.2020
  • WJEC A level in Drama and Theatre Studies


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Course code Location Course length Start date
PFA019CD1A Chichester Campus 2 Years 09.09.2020

What you need to know

What will I study?

This highly practical specification provides you with the opportunity to work as a performer on three different performances. In Component 1 you will reinterpret a text to create a piece of theatre which is a combination of the selected text and original ideas. In Component 2 you will engage with a stimulus to create two pieces of theatre; one an interpretation of a text of your own choice and the other a devised piece. While preparing your practical work, you will explore the work of two theatre practitioners (individuals or companies) of your own choice and then apply your research to your performances. In Component 3, you will explore two complete performance texts and one extract from a third text, covering a range of time periods, genres and styles.

How will I be taught?

The course will consist of practical workshops and theoretical lessons. You will rehearse and present your practical performances in class; work on group projects and presentations relating to your set texts and participate in discussion and acting activities throughout the year. Attendance of theatre performance either live or streamed is encouraged throughout the year.

How will I be assessed?

This is a two-year linear A Level where you are examined on the whole syllabus at the end of the second year. Each project is assessed as a portfolio of work. 60% will be non-exam assessment and 40% will be exam assessment. The written exam for the studying of your texts will take place at the end of the two years. Component 3 is a written exam. To prepare you for external exams, you will carry out a programme of weekly tests, exam style assessments and Formal Progress Points where you will monitor your attendance, how hard you are working and your academic progress. All Year 1 students will progress through a Year 1 Gateway that will allow you to progress to Year 2.

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