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Drama & Theatre Studies A Level at Longsands Academy

Course description

Drama and Theatre Studies  is about …

  • preparing for jobs in the industry;

  • lively discussions and active explorations about the ways in which creators arrange their narratives, explore ideas and emotions, to help you develop your view of the world (both past and present);

  • opportunities to explore different interpretations of repertoire for yourself and with others, as well as develop your skills of staging a performance, writing about how you trained and prepared for the specific works.


A valuable aspect of achieving a good grade is compulsory attendance at after-school workshops, rehearsals and going on theatre trips.


There are three mandatory certificate level units and two routes: ‘Production’ (for Technical Crew and Designers/Set Painters) and ‘Performer’ (for specialisms in Dance or Drama, or Musical Theatre).


Unit 1: Skills Development in Performing Arts

Presenting an extract from three pieces of existing repertoire with an accompanying working diary.


Unit 2: Professional Practice in Performing Arts

Creating a promotional DVD to advertise yourself, developing a CV, job applications, getting an agent, preparing for auditions, testimonials, reviews, casting letters, interviews etc.


Unit 3: Community Arts Project

Creating an original piece of theatre. You work as one big company. The theme must be a local theme, such as Oliver Cromwell or the Witches of the Fens, or the Saxons and Vikings in St Neots.

Course content

This course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills established at GCSE and previous Academy Showcases. There is a particular focus on practical performance work, as well as a written account of the progress in practical work. There is also the opportunity to view and review live theatre and performing arts organisations. It is suited to anyone who enjoys performing and attending the theatre.

Entry requirements

An interest in the Theatre- Performing or Technical.

Show/ Play/Theatre experience as either a performer or a technical person either inside or outside of school.

Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics and English Language.

APS 5.5

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other A Level courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to theatre, such as Theatre Technician, Arts Education Officer, Publicist, Arts Administrator or Professional Performer. This course will enable you to develop communication skills which employers demand across a range of careers.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact Mr Griffiths, Subject Leader: Performance Arts at the St. Neots Sixth Form Centre, via

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Longsands Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years