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Drama and Theatre Arts, A Level at Oldham Sixth Form College (OSFC)

Course description

Studying Drama and Theatre Arts allows you to express yourself in a unique way. You can become anyone, anywhere, at any time whilst also studying about different cultures and attitudes and how they are encapsulated through performance.

Whilst studying performance studies at OSFC you will have access to a modern, cutting edge black box studio where you can perform, in addition to a more traditional theatre space. The spaces are fully equipped with an LED lighting system to add a professional touch to your performances.

The Performing Arts area is a close-knit, lively space where students work well together. We actively encourage collaborative, supportive work. As a department we offer a Performing Arts Enrichment course which culminates in an end of term production in February. In the past productions vthave included Cabaret, West Side Story, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Many of our students benefit from regularly reading theatre reviews as this forms a part of one of the modules. Good theatre reviews can be found in The Stage newspaper and The Guardian/Observer. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in activities including theatre trips, visiting speakers from the theatre industry, the college production and auditioning techniques workshops.


Course content

Year 1

Component 1: Performance Workshop: The first module involves creating, developing and performing two practical pieces of theatre.

Component 2: Text In Context: The second module is your written exam. You will study one performance text from a set period and also write a Live Theatre Review, examining the success of a live performance you have seen.

Year 2

Component 1: Theatre Workshop: The first module involves creating, developing a deconstruction of a second extract from a text using the working methods of one theatre practitioner or company.

Component 2: Text In Action: The second module involves creating, developing and performing a piece of devised theatre.

Component 3: Text In Performance: This module is your written examination, where you will study two set texts suggested by the exam board.

Entry requirements

To study A levels at OSFC you will need a minimum of 5 C grades at GCSE, including at least a 4 in both English and Maths

Certain courses also have their own individual requirements and these can be checked on our website at


60% continuous assessment  40% exam

Financial information

While you’re at OSFC you’ll need to spend money on items such as books, stationery, travel and lunches.  To help with these expenses, OSFC students from low income families can receive financial support.  More information please

Future opportunities

Studying at OSFC will provide you with a wealth of opportunities. Popular options from students who progressed from this course in the past were:

University Destinations

  • The University of Salford - Broadcast Journalism
  • The University of Sunderland - Drama
  • University College Oldham - Performance
  • Newcastle University - English Language

We have also had students successfully audition for stage school courses, such as Central School of Speech and Drama, RADA, East 15 and The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts.

Careers Destinations

  • Events Management
  • Community Arts Worker
  • Drama Therapist
  • Theatre Director
  • Education
  • Theatre Stage Manager
  • Media and Broadcasting

Further information

At OSFC you can pick subjects from a wide range of courses with combinations across multiple curriculum areas. Choosing the right subjects is important. You should consider subjects you enjoy doing and options that will support your future career plans.

Popular combinations that will work well with this subject are:

  • English
  • Media and Film
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Art and Design
  • History

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: 18 October 2016
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