About the course
This course is designed to deepen your knowledge and appreciation of drama and theatre across different time periods and genres. It will also develop your understanding of the processes by which theatre is constructed, and your skills in both creating and evaluating performance. Trips to the theatre to see live performances are an integral part of the course.
In the first year you will learn to make an informed critical response to live theatre and explore a prescribed play from the perspective of an actor, director and designer. You will also work as part of a group to prepare a performance of an extract from a play, employing the theatrical ideas of a practitioner in your interpretation.
In the second year you will study one classic and one contemporary play from the perspective of an actor, director and designer. For the practical exam, you get to devise an original piece of theatre in the style of your choice.
This subject not only develops skills such as communication, problem solving and team building, which are vital in most careers, but is a gateway to Universities and Drama Schools across the country, including Sheffield College's Foundation Degree in Performing Arts - Drama.
Drama and Theatre Studies also complements a range of other A levels at Sheffield College because it develops such a wide range of skills. It is particularly useful for students considering Higher Education in any arts or humanities subjects and could lead to a range of career opportunities including, but not limited to: Arts/theatre administration, arts journalism, director, actor, designer, playwright, stage management, theatre management, theatrical agent, technician, broadcasting, media presenting, education, drama therapy and scriptwriting.
Personal study time
A level students are expected to devote as much time outside the classroom to their studies as they do in lessons. A variety of homework will be set regularly but students are expected to undertake self directed research as well. Rehearsal outside class time is expected when preparing for the practical examinations.
A level Drama and Theatre Studies
5 GCSEs at 4-9 / A*- C including a minimum grade 4 in English Language and Maths.
Where can it lead?
If you wish to continue your studies in this field, you can apply to a wide range of universities and drama schools throughout the country, which offer a range of degree courses that combine academic qualifications and vocational training. Many students stay at Hillsborough to study the Foundation Degree in Performing Arts. As the study of drama also develops your understanding of the social, cultural and historical aspects of theatre, progression to Humanities and English degrees is just as common.