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Theatre IB Higher Level at Parkside Sixth

Course description

Theatre means many different things to people around the globe: it can be an entertainment but also a form of powerful protest. In every case, Theatre tells us huge amounts about ourselves and the cultures we live in. Students will approach Theatre from many angles: as a performer, a researcher and in several technical roles. Studying Theatre makes you an attractive candidate for a range of careers and courses.

Course content

You will study a range of Theatre traditions such as European realist drama and Indonesian Shadow Puppetry. You will also undertake a range of independent projects and will devise your own theatre works. Topics may include:


the ancient Greek theatre and use of mask

the modern European theatre

theories of actor training and preparation

the process of devising original theatre

the use of light, sound and setting

the oriental theatre and its influence


You will take part in several short performances and reflect upon these in a presentation. You will also undertake an independent research project.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above, including English and Maths.

IB students take three subjects at Higher level and three at Standard level.For Higher level subjects, you should have GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade B or above in those subjects or related ones. We recommend Higher level Maths only for those with a grade A or above in GCSE Maths. Further information about entry requirements can be found on p.73 of the prospectus or on the website (addlink to website).Students also have timetabled sessions for Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Action & Service.

If you are applying for the International Baccalaureate, you need to choose six subjects, from a range of different subject areas (link to Additional Information, 6 Bac International Baccalaureate Diploma). You also need to choose one from each of the subject option blocks. The blocks can be found here .

A paper copy of the prospectus and subject options blocks can be obtained by phoning the Sixth Form Administrator on 01223 712600 .


The final mark is made up of internal and external assessment, though there are no exam papers in the traditional sense. Your assessed tasks are all informed by your practical work but it is the quality of your ideas rather than the standard of your performance that is assessed.


Standard and higher level students:

research investigation into a practice of your choice

independent project: creating a performance or workshop activity

practical performance proposal: creating an idea for a performance from a set stimulus

presentation: drawing together your learning from the whole course


the assessed tasks are the same, but the word limits are longer with some extra tasks

Future opportunities

Many Theatre students choose to take a Theatre Studies degree or include Theatre as part of a joint honours degree, and the IB Theatre course is ideal preparation for this. However, students who study Theatre in the sixth form find it offers support for a huge range of degree-level subjects, from English to Economics or Anthropology.


In terms of job prospects, theatre students can be found in a wide number of professions, including journalism, events management, public relations, business leadership, as well as performing and technical roles in the theatre.

Further information

How will I study?

The first year will largely consist of exciting and challenging workshop learning, where we will explore theatre skills, traditions and texts: many of these workshops will result in performances, from short monologues to full productions. All of our learning will be captured in personal journals, which are the essential record needed to complete the assessed tasks in the upper sixth. We will work in a range of venues, including our partner The Junction.


What extra-curricular activities will there be?

Theatre trips are an essential part of the course and students should be committed to these exciting visits

Rehearsals outside of seminars will be necessary and are a key part of the Theatre process

Visits to see Theatre in the making through trips to see companies such as Artichoke in rehearsal

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 November 2017
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