A Level Drama & Theatre Studies is a practical and challenging course, which covers every aspect of theatre production
You and your peers will take leading roles in incorporating essential aspects of stagecraft into the creative process.
You will also evaluate how to reach out and communicate with audiences using your unique voice and ideas.
Naturally, you will spend some of your time at the theatre as well, which is a great opportunity to analyse other people’s ideas.
Indeed, you will analyse everything from acting and costume, through to lighting, effects, setting, characterisation and interpretation.
Why choose Brock for Drama A Level?
At Brock we are fortunate to have a Performing Arts department with excellent facilities.
You will benefit from two studio theatres, a large performance space, four sound studios, two sprung dance studios, three rehearsal studios, props and costume areas, two Mac suites, and two lighting and sound gantries.
The course is designed to feel like a professional experience. You will work alongside staff who are professionally trained actors and who still maintain links with the industry.
These teachers regularly bring professional theatre companies into the College to run workshops and give performances.
Teaching & learning
You will learn in a variety of ways, including learning by doing - otherwise known as, kinaesthetic learning. Through this method you will develop a broad range of performance skills.
A significant part of A Level Drama involves speaking and listening. You will do much of this as you discuss and critique your own work and the work of others.
You will also explore acting methodologies from theatrical practitioners like Stanislavski, who specialised in acting driven by emotions.
- Explore the classical text Odyssey to appreciate a landmark work of classical literature that resonates today.
- Delve into the world of Greek tragedy to appreciate this emotive thread within the subject.
- Read and respond to the Roman epic poem The Aeneid for further cultural fulfillment and to develop your skills of critical analysis.
- Study the role and position of women in Athens and Rome to acquire a deeper cultural understanding of gender in the classical realm.
- Develop your understanding of the origins of Greek comedy and how it developed during the 5th Century BC.
- Evaluate the impact of late Second Republic politics and how it facilitated the rise of the Emperor.
Minimum entry requirements
Five GCSEs at grade A*-C or grade 4 to include:
- English language
- Drama (preferably) or relevant experience
In addition, enthusiasm, commitment, ability and confidence in practical acting is desirable.
Information & support
£110 is payable at the start of each academic year to cover trips, workshops and performance costs.
What can I do with this qualification?
This qualification particularly complements A Level English Literature due to the text-based analysis side of the course.
It can facilitate your route into university, drama school, or could see you go straight into the theatre in some capacity, perhaps as an apprentice.
You will also develop higher-level transferable skills in terms of speaking, listening, reading, writing and analysing. These skills are sought-after by a whole spectrum of employers.
Brock has been absolutely brilliant in preparing me for my future, I feel happy and confident. My tutors are all so supportive and there is a really friendly atmosphere.
Overall A Level pass rate
Of students gained A* to B
Of students gained A* to C