Drama and Theatre Studies AS/A-Level at Highams Park School
This course is an examination of Drama and Theatre throughout history and requires students to develop their skills as a director, designer and performer. Whilst there are some performance tasks, this is not solely an acting course and students must be prepared to undertake independent research and develop an understanding of how theatre relates to the societies and time frames in which it was (and is) created.
GCSE Drama is highly desirable. Students without GCSE Drama are recommended to have at least a grade B at GCSE English in order to cope with the analytical written coursework and examination demands of the course. GCSE Drama is highly desirable. Students without GCSE Drama are recommended to have at least a grade B at GCSE English in order to cope with the analytical written coursework and examination demands of the course.
Many students who study this course go onto to study at degree level. Drama and Theatre studies are often combined with other subjects leading to the achievement of a BA Honours degree. Many students take this path to go on to work in the “cultural industries”, the third largest employment sector in the UK and the only area of continual growth in the current economic climate! Some students choose to use the skills learnt in Drama and Theatre Studies in the practice of Law. The communication and inter-personal skills acquired though Drama and Theatre Studies are becoming increasingly sought after by employers. The skills you will build working in groups are transferable to any industry. You may also decide to develop a career in the Theatre industry or join the teaching profession. Read what a government education minister recently said: “One of the reasons that Independent Schools get such good results, apart from the level of selection and the extra resources is the time they spend with children doing sport, music and drama, building social skills, confidence and team working…These skills are vital in today’s workforce where the ability to communicate, interact and engage are essential – they are the skills which employers increasingly look for first” – Alan Johnson Secretary of State for Education. You could take this course with other advanced level courses, which could be related to the performing arts, to prepare for higher education in the arts or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to the performing arts such as working in the Film, Television or Theatre industries. You may also like to look at joining a theatre group to increase your drama and theatre experience. The course offers a distinct subject content which provides you with the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers from lots of industries are looking for.
To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highams Park School directly.