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Drama and Theatre Studies A level at Luton Sixth Form College

Course description

Drama and Theatre involves the study of plays, how scripts are written and how they can then be interpreted to create live performance material. The course looks at theory and research and how they influence practice and performance material. You will also explore and develop acting skills to create your own performance work and analyse the work of theatre companies and practitioners.

Course content

You will learn through a mixture of both practical and theoretical work. Practical work includes: acting and rehearsal exercises and performances, warm up activities and taking part in extended performances as part of the examination process. Theoretical work involves: note taking, research activities, discussions and presentations. You are assessed through written coursework, performance work and written exam. The course also involves regular trips to the theatre some of which are compulsory as they form part of your examinations.


Component 1: Devising

You will study a script and the work of a recognised theatre practitioner which will then form the starting point for creating a piece of original performance material.

Component 2: Text in Performance

You will study and rehearse two different plays for performance and take part in a group performance of an extract from one play and a monologue or duologue performance from the other. You will also have the option to design work for assessment.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice

You will analyse a piece of live theatre as well as studying two scripts focussing on how they can be realised for performance. One of the two play texts will be studied in light of a chosen practitioner, concentrating on how this text can be reimagined for a contemporary audience.

Entry requirements

You will need to meet the general college entry requirements to study an A Level programme. In addition you need at least a grade C in GCSE English. You will also be required to audition for the course which usually takes the form of a group workshop.


Exam Board – Edexcel

Component 1: Devising

40% of the qualification. Submission of a portfolio of evidence and the performance of the devised work.

Component 2: Text in Performance

20% of the qualification. Assessment is by a visiting examiner who will mark your final performances / design work.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice

40% of the qualification. Written examination of 2 hours and 30 minutes in which you will write 3 extended responses to questions.

Future opportunities

Past students have gone on to study Drama, Acting and Stage Management and other related subjects at both university and drama school. In addition to this, students have also progressed to courses and careers in Law, Architecture, Politics and Business.

The course has strong links with and compliments English, Creative Writing and Media and Film Studies. The transferable communication, interpersonal and organisational skills that the course also develops are strongly sought after by potential employers alongside this, the combination of theory and practice and how to effectively investigate and use research material are skills required for any degree level course.

The qualification is recognised by all universities including Oxford and Cambridge and is not a barrier to progression to university or employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Luton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years