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Theatre Studies A Level at Sheffield College

Course description

About the course

This course is designed to deepen your knowledge and appreciation of drama and theatre across different time periods and genres. It will also develop your understanding of the processes by which theatre is constructed, and your skills in both creating and evaluating performance. Trips to the theatre to see live performances are an integral part of the course.

At AS,you will learn to make an informed critical response to live theatre and explore a prescribed play from the perspective of an actor, director and designer. You will also work as part of a group to prepare a performance of an extract from a play, employing the theatrical ideas of a practitioner in your interpretation.

At A2, you will study one classic and one contemporary play from the perspective of an actor, director and designer. For the practical exam, you get to devise an original piece of theatre in the style of your choice.

This subject not only develops skills such as communication, problem solving and team building, which are vital in most careers, but is a gateway to Universities and Drama Schools across the country, including Sheffield College’s Foundation Degree in Acting

Drama and Theatre Studies also complements a range of other A levels at Sheffield College because it develops such a wide range of skills. It is particularly useful for students considering Higher Education in any arts or humanities subjects and could lead to a range of career opportunities including, but not limited to: Arts/theatre administration, arts journalism, director, actor, designer, playwright, stage management, theatre management, theatrical agent, technician, broadcasting, media presenting, education, drama therapy and scriptwriting.

Personal study time

A level students are expected to devote as much time outside the classroom to their studies as they do in lessons.  A variety of homework will be set regularly but students are expected to undertake self directed research as well.  Rehearsal outside class time is expected when preparing for the practical examinations.

Qualification title

A level Drama and Theatre Studies

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs  at 4-9 / A*- C including a minimum grade 4 in English Language and Maths.  Attendance at an A Level information session.


At AS there is one written examination (on live theatre and a set play) and a practical
examination which involves applying the ideas of a chosen practitioner to preparing and presenting to an audience a performance of an extract from a published play.
At A2 there is one written examination (on two set plays) and a practical examination for which you must prepare and present to an audience an original piece of theatre within a clearly defined chosen style.

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

If you wish to continue your studies in this field, you can apply to a wide range of universities and drama schools throughout the country, which offer a range of degree courses that combine academic qualifications and vocational training.   Many students stay at Hillsborough to study the Foundation Degree in Performing Arts.   As the study of drama also develops your understanding of the social, cultural and historical aspects of theatre, progression to Humanities and English degrees is just as common.

Further information

How to apply   

School pupils in Sheffield should apply on-line with the help of their school.  Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 260 2600, or downloading one from our website

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Thursday 12th October 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm

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: 28 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: HRENA1


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