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Drama & Theatre Studies AS & A Level at NewVIc

Course description

Drama at NewVIc is taught in a way that is practical, engaging and dynamic. You will learn how to analyse, discuss and devise theatre, as well as develop your performance skills. Classes are run as practical workshops where you will explore how to use your voice and body on stage, as well as develop your skills in critical analysis. There is an even balance between practical and theory.

Course content

The course will focus on:

  • developing your acting skills
  • experimenting with and studying a range of acting styles and techniques
  • exploring how performers, designers and directors communicate meaning to an audience
  • analysing the historical and cultural context that influences drama

On the course you will:

  • build up your skills and versatility as a performer
  • work as part of a group to perform, direct and design your own production
  • practically explore and analyse a range of exciting performance texts from classical Shakespeare to contemporary plays
  • perform in a number of venues and settings, such as at the arts venue Stratford Circus
  • critique and analyse a variety of live theatre performances in a range of venues

Entry requirements

Five or more A*-C grades at GCSE, including English Language (grade 9-5).


You will be assessed through a mixture of practical and coursework components and one written exam.

Future opportunities

A qualification in Drama and Theatre Studies will provide you with analytical and communication skills, as well as the ability to work independently and collaboratively. This course will enable you to apply for academic study at university or practical Drama at Drama School.

A degree in one of these areas equips you for a very wide range of vocations. Former students who have studied drama have gone on to careers in acting, journalism, advertising, events management, theatre administration, youth work and teaching.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 October 2016
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    • Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) is London's largest sixth form college, offering full-time courses for 16 to 19-year-olds. NewVIc offers over 50 A Level subjects, 31 level 2 and 3 vocational programmes, as well as foundation, entry level and ESOL programmes.

      It is a diverse and friendly learning community, with an outstanding record of achievement. In 2013, 767 students progressed to university (91% of all applicants); 130 students gained places at the most selective universities, including 60 at Russell Group universities.

      The NewVIc Honours Programme is unique and provides academically gifted students with specialist pathways, a tailored curriculum and support for progression to the most selective universities.

      NewVIc has excellent sports facilities and is one of four London colleges accredited with Sports Leadership status. The college's extra-curricular enrichment programme is aimed at developing employability and leadership skills through various activities including mentoring, the Student Union and volunteering in the community.