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Drama and Theatre Studies AS/A Level at Reigate College

Course description

Students should choose Drama & Theatre Studies if they have an interest in acting and devising original pieces of theatre, but should also be prepared for writing full length essays as part of their course!

 This exciting and rewarding course will require students to:

  • explore plays through practical and written pieces
  • work on a specific role in a given play and be assessed on their performance
  • work in a group to produce an original piece of theatre
  • consider the social and historical importance of plays, and examine how some plays were originally performed.

Students will also have the opportunity to attend a variety of professional productions and see first-hand what goes into creating successful performances and be involved in an the lively, artistic side of College life.

Course content

The Drama & Theatre Studies course will help develop:

  • knowledge of plays and their creators
  • experience as a performer
  • practical skills as an individual and a member of a group
  • the ability to discuss plays, ideas and performances
  • the ability to analyse and write about drama
  • the ability to explore plays through practical and written work.

In the first year students will explore plays through practical work and they will be auditioned and cast in a play that will lead to a live performance. In the second year students will work in a group to produce an original piece of theatre that will be presented to an invited audience. They will also see and evaluate professional theatre productions to help deepen their understanding of the processes that create a successful performance and look at the social and historical importance of plays and how they were originally performed.

Entry requirements

Students will need 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above (new Grade 4), including Grade C in GCSE English Literature or English Language.  

If students have taken GCSE Drama they will need a minimum of a B Grade in Drama (and a minimum Grade C (new Grade 4) in either GCSE in  Enlglish Literature or Language).

Students will enjoy this course and be successful if they:

  • have the confidence to perform in public
  • enjoy and are good at communicating orally and in writing
  • enjoy working with others
  • are able to plan their own learning and have the ability to solve problems


There is an element of written coursework content (20% of the final mark) and a devising unit (40%) and a formal written examination (40%).

The exam board for Drama & Theatre Studies is Pearson Edexcel.

Future opportunities

Students could take a degree in Drama, Theatre Studies or Performing Arts, and can work as a performer, or in theatre management or backstage. A large number of past students now work in a variety of roles in professional theatre.  Ex-students have found careers in:

  • Acting (e.g. Michael Greco),
  • Front-of-house Management (e.g. Cottesloe Theatre)
  • Lighting Direction
  • Stage Management (e.g. Royal National Youth Theatre).

The confidence and presentation skills students develop through A Level Drama & Theatre Studies will also serve them well in a variety of other careers, for example:

  • Arts Administration
  • Drama Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Business

Further information

Drama & Theatre Studies students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course-related experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included:

  • A Study Day at Globe Theatre
  • A trip to see The Play Went Wrong
  • A trip to see Henry V
  • Workshops run by ‘outside’ Theatre Director Peter Allen, of Whirlygig Arts and Splendid Production Company
  • A variety of College performances

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Reigate College directly.

Last updated date: 25 July 2016
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