Theatre Studies AS and A Level *Fees Payable* at Cheltenham College
Our aim is to nuture our pupils’ passion for all things theatrical, as well as to develop and hone talent, whether that be acting, directing or designing. We develop core performance skills alongside an understanding of dramatic genre and the history of theatre itself. We run regular trips to see live performances, from our excellent local theatre in Cheltenham, to further afield in Stratford, London and Bristol, giving pupils a broad experience of a diverse range of theatrical styles and genres.
Drama offers pupils the opportunity to escape beyond the confines of a desk; it stimulates imagination and creativity as well as helping develop invaluable transferable skills. Its benefits are manifold: increased imaginative and presentational skills, a deeper understanding of the value of teamwork - so important in many careers, the strong and enduring satisfaction that comes from successful public performance and applause, the more sensitive appreciation of a respected and ancient literary form through a study of the art of dramatic storytelling.
We currently follow the AQA syllabus for A Level.
At AS the centre of the course is preparation for the Practical Assessment (40%), which involves the performance of a play or part of, directed and produced entirely by the pupils. This tests pupils’ ability to work closely in a group, to cooperate and be creative whilst keeping a firm eye on the need to produce a piece that is both entertaining and instructive for an audience within a set time frame, and within a style chosen by the pupils.
The other elements of the AS course continue to look at Drama from a distinctly practical point of view. Students will study one Drama text (30%), looking at ways that one might produce particular scenes and go about creating successful characters and acting performances.
The final element of the AS course is the study of the skill of theatre reviewing (30%) for which, naturally, there will be a number of trips to a variety of productions throughout the year.
At A2 the same balance of text work and performance skills is kept, with a devised drama assessment, and two more set texts.
Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.
Drama and Theatre Studies is one of the fastest growing departments in the College, with increasing numbers opting to choose it, particularly at A level. Results at A level have been excellent, with 100% A* - B this year and 38% achieved A*. AS results have also been impressive with 100% achieving A - B in 2013. Furthermore, a number of recent pupils have also won places at prestigious Drama schools, including RADA.
Outside of the classroom pupils have the opportunity to be involved in various school productions during the year, as well as variety shows and House plays.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cheltenham College directly.