Theatre Studies A level at Woodhouse College
This course will take you on a journey through everything that makes the theatre great – from understanding texts through to set, lighting and costume design and, of course, performance techniques. You’ll learn about and perform works by some of the leading writers and combine this with regular trips to live drama performances.
Learning styles are friendly and approachable – combining hard work with improvisation, interpretation and lots of fun. Studying theatre can increase self-esteem, and confidence. It helps develop personal qualities, like public speaking and team working. These are transferable skills useful in many career paths such as politics, media and even medicine.
In your first year, your learning is split between 40% coursework and continuous assessment and 60% practical exam. The first coursework unit involving the practical exploration of theatre through two plays, is assessed partly through ‘Exploration Notes’, rather than essay writing, and partly through continual assessment of practical work. You will also complete a live theatre performance evaluation. The 60% practical exam of acting or design skills is done by a visiting external examiner, who will assess your role in a production of a play, which we will mount specifically for this purpose. Finally, to complete this practical examination you will also perform either a monologue or a duologue.
For A2 your learning is split between 40% practical exam and 60% written exam. You will work on a group project to devise a drama piece. Within this you will be assessed both on your preparation and final performance. The rest of the year will be assessed via written examination essays.
B in GCSE English Literature and B in Theatre Studies or Performance Experience and at least a GCSE Grade B in English Language and Grade C in Mathematics.
Awarding Body - Edexcel
Far from being an ‘easy option course’, having completed AS/A2 in theatre studies many of our students have progressed to study degrees in a variety of subjects at top universities, including Oxford and Cambridge. Drawing on the skills learnt they have gone on to work in a wide range of fields including television, journalism, law, teaching and marketing. Many of our students have also gone on to drama schools such as Central School of Speech and Drama, LAMDA and Mountview, and now work as actors and directors in theatre, television and film.
Our main hall is a dedicated theatre space with fully equipped, modern lighting and sound equipment and versatile staging. Our staff have extensive performance experience in theatre and television. We take theatre trips at least twice a term (recent trips have included ‘One Man two Guvnors’, ‘Othello’, ‘Emil and the Detectives’, ‘Once a Catholic’, ‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime’, ‘The Crucible’). We work with outside theatre companies such as Frantic Assembly and Splendid Productions. We also have theatre tours (e.g., National Theatre, the Globe) and visits to London stage schools such as Central School of Speech and Drama.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Woodhouse College directly.