Course Title AS/A Level Drama and Theatre Studies
Level: 3
Code MS033

Overview of the Course

These courses are an exciting and practical exploration of drama and theatre, considering plays, creating theatre, performance and performance analysis. You will study plays from the point of view of director, designer, performer and build your skills in communication, teamwork and critical analysis. You will also have the opportunity to go on theatre trips and take part in workshops by current actors, directors and choreographers.

What are the career opportunities?

These courses are an exciting and practical exploration of drama and theatre, considering plays, creating theatre, performance and performance analysis. You will study plays from the point of view of director, designer, performer and build your skills in communication, teamwork and critical analysis. You will also have the opportunity to go on theatre trips and take part in workshops by current actors, directors and choreographers.

What are the entry requirements?

To study A Levels at Bury College you must obtain a minimum of six GCSE grades. These must include 4/5 in English Language and mathematics (minimum combined total of 9 points). Plus, a minimum of two additional GCSEs at grade 4 or higher. As well as a minimum of two additional GCSEs at grade 5 or higher.

In addition to these entry requirements, you must have GCSE English grade 9-5 (A*-C) and evidence of an interest in the theatre and a successful audition. 

How long is the course and when can I start?

This course will start in September and you will study for two years to achieve the full A Level.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

AS Drama and Theatre is divided into two components and is assessed through a combination of practical performance, coursework and written exam.

You will explore three contrasting play texts and take on a role as a performer or designer in two practical performances.


The third text will be practically explored and assessed through a written exam.

AS component 1 includes ‘Exploration and Performance’ which is worth 60% and will involve a group performance, monologue/duologue performance and coursework portfolio. It is internally assessed and externally moderated.

AS component 2 includes ‘Theatre Makers in Practice’ which is worth 40% and will involve an exploration of a set text and an evaluation of live theatre which is a written exam.

A Level Drama and Theatre is divided into three components. Alongside revisiting the work undertaken at AS Level, you will devise an original performance and record your process in a portfolio and create an interpretation of a production for a set text which is assessed in a written exam.

A Level component 1 includes ‘Devising’ which is 40% of your A Level and will involve a group performance of original material and a coursework portfolio.

A Level component 2 includes ‘Text In Performance’ and is 20% of your A Level and involves a group performance and a monologue/duologue performance which is externally assessed by a visiting examiner.

A Level component 3 includes ‘Theatre Makers In Practice’ which is 40% of your A Level and involves an exploration of two set texts and an evaluation of live theatre which is a written exam.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

You will develop a range of transferable skills including communication. Technical skills will be developed through the coursework production component and the examined components will develop analytical and evaluative skills. Wider skills such as time-management, independent study, organisation and working to deadlines are an integral part of the course.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of your Study Programme and you will be supported to secure a five day work experience placement. This will allow you to gain first hand exposure to the sector you wish to work in, start to develop key employability skills and most importantly confirm your career goals. Previous placements for Drama students have included the MET theatre, Royal Exchange, Bolton Octagon and local arts institutions.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression into employment, an apprenticeship or higher education. Enrichment includes guest speakers and workshops, participation in extra-curricular performance opportunities. You will attend the theatre at least twice with college; other trips have involved visits to London’s National and Globe Theatres. We also offer the opportunity for students to gain LAMDA performance qualifications in Acting and/or Musical Theatre.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

Bespoke costumes may be required for performances. Enrolment onto the course is subject to a successful practical audition.


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