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Theatre, IBO Higher Level Certificate (level 3) at Wrotham School

Course description

This is a two year course: Higher Level is the equivalent of one A level and Standard Level is the equivalent of one half A level. This can be taken in a combination with other level 3 courses (including A level, IB and vocational).

If taken in combination with one other IB course AND either :

  • two vocational courses OR
  • one vocational and one A level

students will be taking the IBCP (International Baccalaureate Career-related Pathway).

Course content

Theatre is a practical subject that encourages discovery through experimentation, the taking of risks and the presentation of ideas to others. It results in the development of both theatre and life skills; the building of confidence, creativity and working collaboratively.

The IB Diploma Programme theatre course is a multifaceted theatre-making course of study. It gives students the opportunity to make theatre as creators, designers, directors and performers. It emphasizes the importance of working both individually and collaboratively as part of an ensemble. It offers the opportunity to engage actively in the creative process, transforming ideas into action as inquisitive and productive artists.

Students experience the course from contrasting artistic perspectives. They learn to apply research and theory to inform and to contextualize their work. The theatre course encourages students to appreciate that through the processes of researching, creating, preparing, presenting and critically reflecting on theatre— as participants and audience members—they gain a richer understanding of themselves, their community and the world.

Task 1: Solo theatre piece

Students research a theatre theorist they have not previously studied, identify an aspect(s) of their theory and create and present a solo theatre piece (4-8 mins) based on the aspect(s) of this theory.

Task 2: Director’s notebook

Students choose a published play text they have not previously studied and develop ideas regarding how it could be staged for an audience.

Task 3: Research presentation

Students plan and deliver an individual presentation (15 mins max) to their peers in which they outline and physically demonstrate their research into a convention of theatre tradition they have not previously studied.

Task 4: Collaborative project

Students collaboratively create and present an original piece of theatre (13-15 mins) for and to a specified audience, created from a starting point of their choice.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE drama.


75% external assessment

25% internal assessment

Future opportunities

The IBCP (International Baccalaureate Career-related Pathway) is globally recognised and accepted by universities around the world. Some competitive university courses ask for specific IB subjects to have been studied as part of the Baccalaureate programme of study. We recommend that you research current grade requirements for that subject on and filter for the International Baccalaureate. 

Further information

As with any level 3 qualification, there is an increased demand for students to work independently. Students, therefore, must expect to study outside of lesson time and will be expected to work for approximately five hours a week outside of lessons in order to complete the work to the required grades for most universities and higher apprenticeships.

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 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years
  • Course code: Th
  • Number of planned places: 20