A Level

Across the two years, studying A Level Drama and Theatre Studies allows you to develop your drama skills and explore the works of fascinating practitioners such as Ackley Blythe, Artaud, Brecht and Frantic Assembly.

You will study the set texts, Servant of Two Masters and Yerma, and have the opportunity to experience live and streamed theatre related to these. You will then devise an original piece of drama based on a stimulus. Finally, you explore three different texts and apply practitioner methods to one of them, which you then perform in front of an external examiner.

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What will I study

Are you curious about how drama is made and have a creative instinct for communicating your views? Perhaps you have aspirations of one day working on Broadway or the West End? If so, then Drama and Theatre Studies is for you! This vivid and vibrant course will see you acting, writing and directing and engaging in the visual and technical side of theatre. There are so many different styles of drama, and during this course you will be able to experience how they are all made; and taking regular trips to see professionally produced theatre is one of the most enjoyable ways to do this.

The course involves practical performance; devising and working from scripts; writing about theatre you have seen and plays you have read; and the theory and practice of practitioners, playwrights and directors. You will also practice and develop your drama skills, explore the work of differing practitioners and devise an original piece of drama.

Why choose Drama & Theatre Studies at KGV

Studying at KGV is different from school, as we nurture and encourage our students to take control of their learning and support them to become the best they can be. As a KGV Drama student, you will also take part in tours and workshops given by LIPA and Edge Hill University. To further your experience and knowledge, we also invite prestigious theatre companies such as Frantic Assembly and Shared Experience, to come in and provide masterclass sessions in particular areas of drama.

Drama and Theatre Studies can lead to further study in drama, theatre studies and performing arts at degree or HND level or drama school. Former students have gone on to study drama, musical theatre and theatre studies, and have taken up careers in performing, directing and theatre administration. With our strong links, many students gain places at LIPA, Edge Hill University, and the University of Leeds.

Entry Requirements


5 GCSEs at grades 9 - 5 and or including, English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above.

You can study 3 a levels or a combination of 2 a levels and 1 btec subsidiary (a level equivalent).
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