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Drama and Theatre Studies A-Level at New College Pontefract

Course description

Drama is a dynamic and exciting course that prepares students for performance and beyond. The programme of study allows students to create, understand and perform drama in a challenging way. Students will study many different dramatic genres including physical theatre, naturalism and improvisation. This uniquely delivered programme is designed for those interested in continuing their study of performing arts in higher education and those who want a fresh and exhilarating challenge. Students will relish the opportunity to develop their creativity through writing, directing and performing work to audiences throughout the two years.

Course content

You will explore three contrasting plays in an active and practical way. Theatre practitioners covered include Artaud, Stanislavski and Brecht amongst others. You will look at the plays from the point of view of an actor, director and producer. You will look at the way a play is put together and examine what needs to be done to bring it to life on stage. The language of drama and theatre will be developed for use in the rest of the course. You will be required to contribute to a performance of a professionally published play by a known writer. You will be required to create a unique and original piece of theatre incorporating the skills you have acquired throughout. You will provide a written evaluation on both the process and performance of your work.

Entry requirements

Level 5 English Language and Level 5 in a Performing arts subject or a merit in BTEC (if studied) or an audition

Financial information

Financial support can be provided to students of families who are on low income to help with extra costs of staying on in education. If you need any further information please visit our website or contact student services.

Future opportunities

Drama students have gone on to do a variety of things. Some have gone on to drama school or drama/acting courses at university, many into professional acting. Others have gone on to a whole host of other courses, ranging from Psychology to IT, to English to Art/Fashion, to Mathematics.

Further information

What skills do I need?

  • Good acting ability and a good voice
  • A good standard of English
  • The ability to work collaboratively
  • The ability to lead when necessary
  • The ability to work hard under pressure


How will I be taught?

  • Tutorial-type teaching
  • Practical work in small groups or individually
  • Master Classes
  • Workshops


Private Study
As an approximate guideline Year 1 subjects require three to four hours of independent study each; Year 2 subjects four to five hours each and GCSE subjects two hours each.

What materials will I need to purchase?
You will be expected to attend Theatre Visits and there is opportunity to go on a residential trip abroad.

Examining Board

Drama is for you if: You are creative, confident, independent and hard working.

Drama is not for you if: You dislike written work and performing in public.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 October 2017
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