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Drama & Theatre Studies AS/A Level at South Dartmoor Community College

Course description

Successful Theatre Studies’ students will be regarded by universities and employers as excellent communicators, as people who are committed and reliable team members, able to respond positively under pressure. They will be people who are confident and emotionally intelligent and have a sound knowledge of theatre.

We have a fine reputation of excellent student work at A level Drama & Theatre Studies. Student practical work has been selected to be filmed as A grade examination exemplar material. Any student who wishes to work with people, leading and managing teams or work in theatre should seriously consider the course. Students will develop their cooperative and creative skills.

Course content

The structure of the course is designed to give students the opportunity for as much practical work through set texts and devised drama. Students will be required to undertake a degree of theatrical research and academic enquiry to support the practical work.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE passes at grade C or above. All A levels are hard work. An important aspect of choosing Drama and Theatre Studies is enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject. These characteristics will mean that students will have some fun whilst gaining these important qualifications. A grade C in GCSE English is an important requirement to help with the written elements of the course.


OCR’s A Level in Drama and Theatre consists of three components that are externally assessed and one component that is assessed by the centre and externally moderated by OCR. The components include Practitioners in Practice (40%), Exploring Texts for Performance (20%), Analysing Performance (20%) and Deconstructing Texts for Performance (20%).

Future opportunities

Non graduate jobs may involve working in an administrative role within a theatre, leading and managing teams of people.

Graduate jobs may include actor, drama therapist, secondary school teacher, theatre director, theatre stage manager, wardrobe manager, arts administrator, community arts worker, journalist, programme researcher, television production assistant.

Further information

We are very fortunate to have three specialist Drama Studios. These have the latest technical equipment and provide a superb working environment. The facilities are among the best in the County. In addition we have extremely high quality seating and staging equipment as well as a department library which is always available to Sixth Form students. Students are required to take part in theatre visits and workshops and there will be opportunities to get involved in extra-curricular activities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Dartmoor Community College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years