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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Saint Benedict, A Catholic Voluntary Academy

Course description

This syllabus offers you a balanced and enjoyable mix of opportunities to study Drama and Theatre from performing, directing, design and technical perspectives. You will practically explore set plays from different eras such as Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ and John Buchan’s ’39 Steps’, and explore the performance styles.

You will visit the theatre regularly; work in groups to interpret plays and devise performance pieces;  and you will study leading influential theatre practitioners, theatre companies and directors, past and present.

Entry requirements

All Level 3 students must have 5 separate GCSE passes (A*-C), including English Language and Maths.  

Grade B in English Language.


You will be assessed on your preparation and presentation of group performance pieces as well as on your performance, design or directorial skills as shown through the productions. You will support your practical work with brief, structured ‘supporting notes’. At the end of the second year, there is a written paper about the set plays studied and live productions seen.

Future opportunities

  • Drama is used as a training aid in a wide range of industries
  • It is valued in careers which involve working with people
  • Arts-related careers include arts administration, marketing and publicity, development and education, production management, performance and stage craft/design
  • Your skills can also be applied to administration, management, human resources, social services, teaching and working in the media industries
  • University courses in Performing Arts and Drama

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Benedict, A Catholic Voluntary Academy directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2015
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