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A-Level Theatre Studies at Winstanley College

Course description

Why should I study Theatre Studies at Winstanley?

Do you love acting? Have you enjoyed trips to the theatre? Want to write your own play? This course is an excellent way to maintain your current involvement in drama as the course is very performance based. The main focus is very much on acting and directing and we will explore a range of theatrical styles and approaches to acting.

Subject combinations

The course combines very well indeed with a vast range of other subjects, (creative, humanities, languages), but can also provide a stimulating contrast to subjects such as the sciences.


In the past, students completing this course have progressed on to courses at vocational drama schools, theatre and media related courses at university and, of course, taken places at the whole spectrum of prestigious universities to study these and non-related subjects. This is a course which provides a valuable stepping-stone into a vast range of career pathways. We have contacts with performers and practitioners in the industry, major drama schools and universities in order to provide up-to-the-minute careers advice. Many of our former students are working in the industry now and we always appreciate their return to the college.

Enrichment activities

To extend your theatrical experiences you will undoubtedly wish to take advantage of our workshop and theatre visits both here and abroad. Recent activities have included movement classes on Broadway in New York, acting workshops with directors from London drama schools, masterclasses with directors from The National Theatre and RSC and theatre visits across the country. The department was recently invited to perform at the Royal National Theatre (two years running); a very prestigious reward for our entry to the Connections Festival. We have an extensive programme of plays and musicals each year so that you can offer your services as a performer, theatre technician or backstage. We enter festivals, tutor you for auditions and support student-led projects. Facilities include a 200 seat studio theatre, practice rooms, recording studios and industry-standard lighting and sound equipment (which we will happily train you to use). Our brand new building offers an exciting environment to study in.

What will I study?

You will develop skills that allow you to investigate the work of influential performing arts practitioners: writers, directors and producers.

You will develop skills and techniques as an actor; participating in regular workshops, classes and exercises to prepare you for performing live to an audience.

You will work as part of an ensemble group of performers to respond to a stimulus and to create performances.

You will explore a range of acting styles including those applied to texts and those required for improvisation and devising work.

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: 26 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years