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Drama & Theatre Studies A Level at Bilborough College

Course description

You don't need GCSE Drama to take Drama and Theatre Studies at Bilborough Sixth Form College. What you will need, though, are a strong level of performance or design, a creative approach to productions and the ability to evaluate a performance. We follow the new Edexcel specification and work in classes of no more than 21 students - usually fewer. You'll learn in a purpose-built studio theatre with stage lighting and sound, and flexible raked seating to create a variety of performance spaces. We also have an open-air amphitheatre and a specialist technical assistant. This qualification can be used towards your UCAS points and currently has 33 students taking part.

Our results are very good (a 100 per cent pass rate with 91 per cent achieving A to C in 2013). 

To study Drama and Theatre Studies at Bilborough you need a grade C or above in English GCSE as well as in Drama if you studied it at GCSE.  An interest in the theatre is essential!

Course content

Your first (AS) year has two units: 'Exploration of Drama & Theatre' and 'Theatre Text in Performance'. With the first, you'll study theatre history, styles, terminology, design and practitioners, as well as stage formats, the structure of plays and acting techniques. You will work practically on The Bacchae (Euripides) and East (Berkoff). You'll watch live performances and learn how to evaluate them. The unit is assessed on your 'Exploration Notes' plus your evaluation of a live performance. In the second unit, assessed by a visiting examiner, you will either stage a performance of a monologue or duologue, or support other performers through the design of costume, lighting, masks, makeup, set and props or sound. Finally you will undertake a group performance of a section from a designated published play.

The A2 year has two further units: 'Exploration of Dramatic Performance' and 'Theatre Text in Context'. In the former, you'll create an original piece of theatre. You will be assessed by your teachers on the process of creation and the finished production, performed to an audience. For the final unit, assessed by exam, you will study one set text and one historical period from which you will see a live production. 

Entry requirements

To study at Bilborough Sixth Form College you must achieve a minimum of 5 A*-C grades in your GCSEs, including English Language and Maths.  We count BTEC Firsts as equivalent to one GCSE.

Future opportunities

You can combine this subject with Performance Studies and / or Dance if you wish. (Drama & Theatre Studies is concerned with the whole area of theatre – including production and performance - whereas Performance Studies is concerned with contemporary dance, music and drama.) Our department has strong links with higher education institutions that include the Central School of Speech & Drama, Loughborough University, Rose Bruford College, East 15 Acting School and Lakeside Theatre. Several of these institutions have led practical theatre workshops for our students; many of our alumni have gone on to study with them. We are starting a gap year theatre project in association with successful alumni Yvez McKenzie (currently Understudy Director at Crucible Theatre, Sheffield and a former Commonwealth Ambassador) and Edward Boott (founder of Nonsuch Theatre Company).

Further information

Former Bilborough College students can be seen on TV, at the Royal Shakespeare Company and working in stage management, production management and as theatrical agents. One of our past students is currently appearing as Mufasa (Simba’s father) in The Lion King in the West End and another is Casting Director for the West End production of Mamma Mia. Arsher Ali went onto study at East 15 Acting School and can be seen in the films 4 Lions and Complicit. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bilborough College directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

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