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Drama and Theatre Studies A level at City and Islington College

Course description

This is a creative, challenging and specialist course, combining the practical and theoretical study of theatre. It will take you from the theatrical epics of Ancient Greece, through Shakespeare and into the modern theatre. It will stretch you both as a performer and as a director of drama.

Course content

In the first year, you will study a general history of Drama and Theatre, and also learn how performance can radically alter a text. In your second year, you will study theories of performance and texts in their historical context. There will be a number of theatre trips to support your study.

Entry requirements

  • You must satisfy the general entry criteria for A Level courses, which are based on your GCSE results.
  • In addition, we also expect you to have achieved a grade B or above in GCSE Drama. If you have not taken the subject at GCSE, but have extensive experience in Drama, this will be accepted as an alternative. We will request a letter from your theatre company as evidence for this.

International students:

  • Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.
  • IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.


In your second year, you need to devise and develop your own piece of theatre as either director or performer. There is also a written exam, in which you discuss a play from the point of view of a director and another play in its historic context.

Future opportunities

Students on this course have progressed to study drama at universities and Drama schools for example LAMDA, the Central School of Speech And Drama, Manchester Metropolitan, Hull, Bristol and Rose Bruford.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City and Islington College directly.

Last updated date: 21 March 2016
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    • We are a specialist A Level Sixth Form College in the heart of Angel, Islington, with over 25 years of proven success and an outstanding record of achievement. Last year our overall A Level pass rate was 99%, 70% of students achieved grades from A*-C and 31 A Level subjects boasted a 100% pass rate.

      What we offer

      We specialise in preparing you for higher education and have an extensive range of subjects on offer, many of which are not offered elsewhere in London. Our teachers are A Level specialists, many are examiners and some have PHDs. The College offers superb facilities specially designed for A Level teaching.