Drama and Theatre Studies A Level


Course details

  • What will I study?

    On this course you will develop your performance and textual analysis skills. It looks at practical acting techniques in detail to make you a better, more confident performer and director and greatly increases your understanding of how theatre works. In the first year of the course we practically explore different styles of theatre and you will study the ideas and themes behind key dramatic texts and explore these through practical workshops, leading to your own presentations and performances. You will have the opportunity to develop both your analytical and research skills, as well as demonstrate and explore your practical ideas and ability.
    The course will help you develop your subject specific skills related to performance and the theatre, as well as various transferrable academic and personal skills.
    You will practically explore and study a number of plays from different periods and written in different styles.

    Performances will include a devised project and extended scene work.

    You will see and evaluate live theatre and there is an examination at the end of year 2
    On this course you will have the opportunity to go on a number of trips. In the past we have seen productions in London at the National Theatre; Almeida; Old Vic, and we have had tours of Shakespeare’s Globe and the National. Students have also done workshops at the Globe; Almeida; as well as with Frantic Assembly and Kneehigh. We also offer students the chance to see local productions at the Theatre Royal Brighton and Chichester.

    How will I be assessed?

    As part of the New A Level, assessments for all components are ‘likely’ to be in the second year. They will be a combination of internally and externally examined performance; written coursework; and a written examination.

    What previous qualifications or experience do I need?

    You will need at least GCSE English Language grade C/4 and Drama grade C/4 (if taken).

    Who should take this course?

    This course is ideal for students with a passion for acting, directing, drama and the workings of theatre. It is ideal for those considering progression into the performing arts at university or drama school. It is also designed to help build self confidence and resilience for those wanting to develop the transferable skills associated with any jobs where communication skills are key. There is also an emphasis on organisation, team working, taking responsibility and interpersonal skills which are needed in all areas of professional development.

    You should take this course if you are interested in the study of Drama and Theatre studies and wish to explore the ideas in this subject alongside a range of other A levels.
    Studied in combination with other subjects, it acts as an excellent basis for further study in other curriculum areas. It combines especially well with Art, Dance, English, Film Studies, Languages, Media and, of course, Performing Arts.

    How do I apply?

    The College standard entry criteria, which depends on the size and level of your programme, can be found by following this link. Other subject specific entry criteria may also apply, as detailed against each course. Please apply on online via UCAS Progress. Alternatively complete one of our Application Forms and return it to the address on the form, which can be downloaded from our website. All applicants will be invited to the College for an interview to discuss their course choice, before being made an offer of a place. Adult learners should call and speak to our Information, Advice and Guidance team for information about how to apply, please call 030 300 39699.

    What qualifications will I achieve?

    A level Drama and Theatre studies (after completion of year 1 and year 2 of the course).

    What can I do after completing this course?

    This popular subject can prepare you for a specialist course at university or drama school. Past students are currently studying or have studied at Central School of Speech and Drama, East 15, Rose Bruford, Guildhall, the London Studio as well as a range of universities such as Cambridge, Royal Holloway, Kent, UEA, Manchester and Leeds.

    Are there any extra costs for equipment or materials?

    As well as the £35 materials fee, £45 for trips and visits (to shows, to industry and to careers events). These form a crucial part of your career development

    What do other students say about this course?

    "The outstanding reputation of the Drama department is what made me choose Sussex Downs College, and the teachers do an amazing job. There's so much more freedom than there is at school which encourages self-expression and builds confidence."

    "I'm sure that the knowledgeable and helpful staff and the content of the course has been a big part of my success."

    Additional information

    Outside reading is a real asset to the course and a reading list is given out during taster days before the course starts and induction week in September. We will also offer you a number of theatre trips throughout the year to see new and challenging theatre being made now. The more theatre you can see the better.

    Course code: 5956/011
    Duration: 35
    Start date: 09/09/2019
    Cost (£): 
    Venue:  Lewes Campus View