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A Level Drama and Theatre Studies at The Bishop of Winchester Academy

Course description

This is an exciting course that explores Drama and Theatre Studies in a very practical way developing specific performance based skills whilst building an understanding and appreciation of a variety of texts and stylistic approaches. As well as developing skills as an actor, you will explore your own work and develop scripts and ideas utilising the approaches of different theorists and practitioners. In Year 2 this is further explored as you assume the role of a director on a prepared, set text. The work of contemporary theatre practice and viewing professional work will also be a feature of the course. This course develops valuable life skills including team-work, self-confidence, communication, and application of theory to practice.

Course content

This course involves a unique combination of academic study and practical activity. Students learn through a series of lectures, workshops, master-classes by visiting professionals and attendance at live performances.

Entry requirements

You should meet the standard 6th Form entry criteria and have a minimum of a GCSE grade B or Merit at Level 2 BTEC in this or a related subject.  If you have previous performing experience this could be to your advantage but it is not essential. Energy, enthusiasm and a willingness to engage fully with all aspects of the course (including acting in lessons if not for assessment) are vital prerequisites, as is a commitment to attending a wide range of live theatre productions, both with the department and through individual initiative. You should enjoy working individually and in groups. A commitment to rehearsing both individually and as part of small groups will be an essential requirement of the course.


There is a mixture of internally assessed and externally moderated practical performance work and written examinations.

Future opportunities

The A Level in Drama and Theatre Studies is recognised by most universities as an academic subject equal to other humanities. It is appreciated as contributing to students’ people skills which are vital in many careers including medicine, law, teaching and business management. Completing the course will give you a wide choice of progression options onto further study at university, drama school, or relevant employment. This course is the obvious choice for anyone hoping to pursue a career in the theatre or the media, whether as a performer, designer, director, producer or technician.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bishop of Winchester Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 June 2015

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