Havant Sixth Form College

A Levels: Drama & Theatre Studies

Why study Drama & Theatre Studies?

Drama & Theatre Studies is one of the most varied, exciting and challenging A Level subjects. You’ll develop skills and confidence that will stand you in good stead whatever your career ambitions. Being a creative, quick thinker and a confident speaker are essential skills in any workplace or career. If you see your future in the creative industry, acting, directing, devising, working as a team or public speaking, these elements of the course will give you plenty of experience and options. Although very practical, the course also has a strong academic base, with opportunities to do research, give presentations and develop your critical and analytical skills both verbally and in your writing.

What will I study?

The qualification is designed to enable you to acquire a knowledge and understanding of the language of drama and theatre as well as to develop as an individual performer your analytical skills. You will practically explore plays, create original pieces of theatre, analyse your own work and live productions and learn about the social, historical and cultural contexts of different plays. You will study a number of different plays across the A Level. You will build skills in analysing, writing about and performing extracts to build your knowledge of theatre and skills as a performer, deviser and director. You will learn about different theatrical practitioners through workshops and these will have a direct impact on your own performance work. If you are interested in design you will also have the opportunity to build your skills in these areas too. 

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be assessed by coursework, practical work and a written examination.

What are the entry requirements?

The entry requirements to an A Level programme is five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Mathematics.

Ideally, you will have completed a GCSE in Drama. If you have not completed GCSE Drama you will need other relevant experience outside of the classroom.


What Havant adds to this

You will attend at least one theatre performance each term and take part in workshops to develop your skills and confidence further. You’ll also be heavily involved in additional rehearsals and performance opportunities organised by the department. Students have also taken part in film projects in collaboration with the Media Department.


To find out more about our Lottery funded projects visit millstreamproductions.com and search under ‘work’ and ‘education’.

Your destinations with this course

Our students go on to a wide variety of courses and occupations, such as law, English, business and media. Those students who choose to follow a path in drama and theatre studies have progressed on to drama college and to a range of degrees at university including theatre, film & TV studies, drama & theatre studies, production and theatre management.

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