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Theatre Studies AS & A Level at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

The course offers Theatre Studies at a level suitable for students wishing to progress to Higher Education or to vocational/professional work in this field.

The specification provides a balance between the practical and theoretical aspects of Drama, where you will read, analyse and act from a range of recognised texts. You will develop your own skills through improvisation and appropriate theatrical techniques, utilising skills developed from a range of practitioners.

During practical lessons you will take part in a range of workshops, discussion and research activities presenting, performing and communicating your ideas. Theory classes will engage with the set texts and live performances we have seen. This will involve analysis and discussion, answering past essay questions in preparation for the examinations. You will be expected to take responsibility for your practical group performance, as well as acting you can also be involved in staging, lighting and sound.

Entry requirements

Usually you'll need five or more A* - C (9 - 4) grades at GCSE, including maths and English. A new grade scale is in operation for maths and English which is numerical. The equivalent to a B grade will be a 6 and the equivalent to a C grade will be 5 for entry requirement purposes.

For Drama and Theatre we recommend that you should have a level of practical and critical awareness of Drama and Theatre equivalent to GCSE, however, completion of a Drama GCSE is not essential.


Assessment is comprised of two examinations and two practical performances at the end of two years of study.

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances.

Future opportunities

When you have gained your A Level in Theatre Studies you can use it to progress into Higher Education. Previous students have been accepted at top theatre schools including The Guildhall and LIPA.

Further information

The course will require you to see various live theatre performances in London, Liverpool, Manchester and at local theatre institutions including The New Vic and Regent Theatre. Visits to see contemporary theatre productions have included Kneehigh’s Dead Dog in a Suitcase, Frantic Assembly’s Things I Know To Be True/ Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night Time, Robin Hood and Marion, West Side Story, and Woman in Black.

If you would like to find out more about this course, please email the course leader, Natalie Weatherer:

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2016
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