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Drama and Theatre A level at Chichester College

Course description

The emphasis of this subject is on making and understanding theatre. You will explore theatre from an actor’s perspective as well as those of the director and designer through practical text work, improvisation and discussion. You will look at plays in their historical and theatrical context, and examine the role of theatre in today’s society.

Course content

You will study a minimum of two complete performance texts plus three key extracts from a range of periods and context. You will also participate in a minimum of two performances, one devised and one text performance. You will consider the working methods of a theatre practitioner in their devised performance work. You may follow performance or design options for both the devised and text performances. Live theatre review will be part of the non-examined assessment that will inform your practical work. 

The course will consist of practical workshops and theoretical lessons. You will rehearse and present your practical performances in class; work on group projects and presentations relating to your set texts and participate in discussion and acting activities throughout the year. 

Entry requirements

You will need to have 5 GCSEs at grades A* to C including English Language and Drama. It is helpful, but not essential, to have GCSE Drama at Grade B and above. If you did not study drama at GCSE or achieve a Grade C, you will be required to attend an audition.



This is a 2 year linear A-level where you are examined on the whole syllabus at the end of the second year. 60% will be non-exam assessment and 40% will be exam assessment.You will be assessed at the end of year one to see if you can progress to year two. 

Financial information

For all fee details please refer to the Chichester College website
There is a fee that will need to be paid when your enrol on the course.
This will help the cost of the required trips to the theatre and the
purchasing of the specific scripts identified by board.


Future opportunities

Studying Drama & Theatre can lead to entrance into Universities and
Drama Schools. It will also give you confidence and communication skills
that will assist you in any future career choices.

Further information

We have fully equipped drama and dance studios and we have the
Riverside Theatre, complimented by a well stocked prop and costume

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 March 2016
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