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Drama and Theatre Studies AS and A Level at Portsmouth College

Course description

Drama is a very well established academic subject involving strong practical and theoretical components.  It provides excellent evidence of your skills in English, communication and group work. 

Course content

The AS course starts with a whirlwind introduction to the key acting styles of the 20th Century, looking at Stanislavski, Brecht, Artaud, Brook and Grotowski.  You then explore the ideas of the theatre practitioner Max Stafford-Clark, and apply his theories to a performance of part of a chosen play to two examiners in March. In preparation for your written exam in May, you will explore the set text ‘Antigone’ by Sophocles, from the point of view of a director or an actor, and analyse two live performances that you have seen over the course of the year.

The main practical in your A2 year is a group performance piece in the style of Creative Adaptation. In preparation for the final written paper we focus on directing skills, exploring ways of interpreting the play ‘Our Country’s Good’ by Timberlake Wertenbaker.  We will also study the 18th century play ‘The Servant of Two Masters’ by Carlo Goldoni from the point of view of an actor or designer.

Entry requirements

You would normally be expected to have at least five GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English Language), some at grade B or above. Level 2 BTEC or OCR National qualifications (at Merit grade or higher) would be a useful addition but cannot be used instead of the basic GCSE requirement.


The course is assessed through a practical performance with a coursework component and a two hour  written exam.

Future opportunities

You can join our thriving Student Theatre Group and perform in the College musical in December.  In addition, there are frequent trips to theatres in London and across Hampshire.  In year two we have a residential course in Stratford-upon-Avon where you take part in workshops and see a performance at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 July 2016