A-Levels - A Level Drama and Theatre Studies (ALV1) at Barnsley College
Over two years you will have the opportunity to study and research a range of published plays, learning how to approach these from both a director’s and performer’s perspective. You will learn about acting skills and apply these in scripted and devised work, creating group performances in preparation for a practical performance exam. Regular visits to the theatre will be expected to draw inspiration for both your practical and written work.
The course is comprised of three components. Component One includes the study of two set plays and the analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers. Component Two involves creating and performing devised drama. Component Three involves practical exploration and interpretation of three script extracts from different plays, one of which is performed as a final assessed piece.
Students who achieve a Progress 8 score of five or better will be offered a place but must also meet individual course entry requirements to guarantee a place on each of their chosen subjects.
GCSE Grade C or above in Drama or equivalent performance-based qualification or experience.
Assessment is by a written paper for Component One, performance and working notebook for Component Two and a performance and written report for Component Three.
If your total annual household income is less than £35,000 you could be eligible for financial support through our Learner Support Fund for travel (up to £700), if your household income is below £20,000 you could be eligible for food, trips, printing, equipment and childcare. You don’t have to pay this money back.
You can pick up a Learner Support Fund application form from Student Services on the ground floor at the Old Mill Lane campus.
If you are aged between 16 and 18 and currently living on your own, in care or leaving care, you could be eligible for a non-repayable bursary of up to £1,200 per year.*
You can get FREE meals at college if your household income is less than £20,000. Speak to Student Services to find out more on +44 (0)1226 216 267
FREE bus services!
We realise that getting to and from college might not be very easy for everyone so we have funded four free return bus services for our students. They go to and from the Old Mill Lane campus which is just a few minutes’ walk from our Sixth Form college campus.
Shelley > Old Mill Lane campus
Stocksbridge via Penistone > Old Mill Lane campus
South Elmsall via South Kirby, Hemsworth, Kinsley, Fitzwilliam and Ryhill > Old Mill Lane campus
Rotherham via Ecclesfield and Chapeltown > Old Mill Lane campus
These bus routes are completely free for our students and operate on a first come, first served basis. Each route operates to ensure students get to college before lessons start and a return service is provided after lessons finish. Please contact Student Services for details of pick-up points and times or go to:
A Level Drama and Theatre Studies will train you from both a practical performance and an academic point of view. Students have gone on to study a range of different courses at university, including English, sociology, teaching and degree courses in drama or acting. Many students also enter the professional industry of performing arts.
Additional Learning Support
Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact the Additional Learning Support team on +44 (0)1226 216 769.
We have a dedicated team available to provide information on all of our courses and to help you to make the right choices about your future. The team are based at the Old Mill Lane site.
Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm
Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm
Tel: +44 (0)1226 216 123
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.