Accessibility links

Theatre Studies at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study Theatre Studies?

The course aims to introduce you to a range of practitioners and writers of drama to explore their work both practically and analytically. The course also encourages a critical and sensitive response to the complexities of theatre since theatre is constantly changing. So as well as giving you excellent knowledge of classical theorists, playwrights and practitioners that have changed the face of theatre, you will get the opportunity to respond to the texts from the perspective of actor, director or designer.

You will be taught by two highly experienced practitioners of Theatre Studies, providing you with an eclectic and dynamic learning experience drawn from their wealth of specialist expertise. As well as this outstanding teaching, Runshaw has an excellent purpose built drama studio, and the Amanda Roocroft Theatre, which is equipped with state of the art lighting and sound equipment.

Our students always have consistently high rates of achievement, and they are all provided with superb enrichment opportunities, regularly visiting professional theatres to see a variety of theatrical events to inform their work as a performer.  

The pass rate for 2018 on this course was 100%, with 80% of students achieving A*-A grades.

What will I study?

  • Component 1: Studying two set texts and a live review of a theatre maker
  • Component 2: Creating a devised piece of theatre with an accompanying working notebook
  • Component 3: Practical exploration of three different play extracts with an accompanying reflective report

Please note that if you want to progress to prestigious drama schools you ought to consider our vocational performing arts course - The Professional Performance Programme rather than following the A Level route as this is more practically focussed on the practical aspects of performance.

Entry requirements

For access to our A Level Programme, our entry requirements are 5 x Grade 5 equivalent (5 x Grade 5 or B) in a range of separate subjects.

For Theatre Studies specifically, this should include a Grade 5 in English (Language or Literature).


How is the course assessed?

  • 40% written examination
  • 60% practical examination and written coursework


Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare me for?

A Level Theatre Studies students have gone on to do all sorts of degrees, including Law, Acting, Theatre Studies, Psychology, English, and Creative Writing to name just a few.

Where are you going?

  • Broadcaster
  • Choreographer
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Set Designer


Further information

Which subjects complement this A Level?

  • English
  • History
  • Languages
  • Media/Film Studies
  • Music
  • Performance Studies
  • Dance

Our website also contains up to date further information on all courses that we offer. Please visit

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: 21 September 2018
Provider logo

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: LATHEAT

Contact details