Theatre Studies

Why study Theatre Studies?

Our specification inspires students to become independent theatre makers with the skills they need to go on to higher education, whether that is to study a course in drama and theatre or another subject. It is varied, demanding and very rewarding, encouraging you to develop your own interests and skills relating to the world of theatre. Past students have gone on to Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Central School of Speech and Drama and Goldsmiths University, London, to name but a few of the institutions that acknowledge the merits of this course. Career paths are as varied as acting or directing, lighting and sound technicians, teaching, working in the media, in personnel, or management – all careers where employers value the confidence and maturity this course engenders.

We want students to have an inspiring experience of A level Drama and Theatre. This qualification emphasises practical creativity alongside research and theoretical understanding. Students learn through experience, seeing theatre and making theatre for themselves. Students are introduced to a wide range of theatrical styles and contexts as they explore plays practically and devise and work on performances.

Students choose to develop as a:

  • Performer
  • Designer (lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets)
  • Director
  • Combination of these.

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students undertake all non-exam assessment (NEA) in the certification year and sit the written exam at the end of the course.

More information about Theatre Studies can be found in the subject film below or in our Sixth Form Prospectus (on our website).