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Drama & Theatre Studies A Level

This course offers you the opportunity to examine all elements of drama and theatre. You will develop skills in acting, theatrical design, directing, communication, creativity and the ability to work as part of a team. You will study a wide range of different theatrical styles.

What does the course involve?

You will study plays from a practical perspective and create and show your own work consistently throughout the course.

You will act, direct and rehearse with a serious focus on how to produce the best quality work at all times.

You will study plays from a range of time periods and styles, theatrical practitioners and theatre companies. You will also see a wide range of productions at the theatre.

You will develop a detailed understanding of what makes a good performance, how to create one and how to analyse the skills used in successful theatre.


Assessment during the course will be through: 

  • A programme of practical performances.
  • Written work analysing your practical understanding of plays, live theatre seen and your own performance work.

Facilities and resources

The Drama & Theatre Studies department has outstanding resources.

Performances take place in the Performing Arts Centre. This is a professional standard, fully working theatre with retractable seating for 160 and a state of the art lighting and sound system including intelligent “moving” lights.

Your work will be supported by a sound design technician and theatre manager with responsibility for lighting.

You will have access to the Dance Studio with specialist sprung floor.

The Library has an extensive Performing Arts collection including play texts and drama theory books.

You will have access to the Digital Theatre Plus online archive which contains a wide range of filmed versions of recent West End and International plays and musicals.

Theatre trips and workshops

Theatre trips and workshops are an essential part of this course and are compulsory. You will need to be committed, inventive and open to new forms and styles of theatre.

Trips may be evening or matinee performances.

Costs may vary from a theatre trip to London costing approximately £60 to a local production costing £10.

What can you do after the course?

Theatre Studies is recognised as a clear indication of high academic and practical achievement.

We have a high success rate of applicants to Russell Group universities and drama schools.

Former students in Drama & Theatre Studies have subsequently gone on to careers in acting, stage management, music, law, politics, psychology, advertising, the media, journalism and teaching.

Recent successes

Students have recently gained places at:

  • The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)
  • The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (three students, on both acting and technical courses)
  • Birmingham School of Acting
  • Arts Ed
  • The Drama Centre
  • Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance
  • Fourth Monkey Theatre Company

Drama Enrichment

The Enrichment area of this website has more information about Drama and performance at Hereford Sixth Form College.


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