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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at East Sussex College

Course description

On this course you will develop your performance and textual analysis skills. It looks at practical acting techniques in detail to make you a better, more confident performer and director and greatly increases your understanding of how theatre works. In the first year of the course we practically explore different styles of theatre and you will study the ideas and themes behind key dramatic texts and explore these through practical workshops, leading to your own presentations and performances. You will have the opportunity to develop both your analytical and research skills, as well as demonstrate and explore your practical ideas and ability.The course will help you develop your subject specific skills related to performance and the theatre, as well as various transferrable academic and personal skills.You will practically explore and study a number of plays from different periods and written in different styles.Performances will include a devised project and extended scene work.You will see and evaluate live theatre and there is an examination at the end of year 2 On this course you will have the opportunity to go on a number of trips. In the past we have seen productions in London at the National Theatre; Almeida; Old Vic, and we have had tours of Shakespeare’s Globe and the National. Students have also done workshops at the Globe; Almeida; as well as with Frantic Assembly and Kneehigh. We also offer students the chance to see local productions at the Theatre Royal Brighton and Chichester.

Entry requirements

You will need to meet our standard entry requirements.

You will need at least GCSE English Language grade C/4 and Drama grade C/4 (if taken).


As part of the New A Level, assessments for all components are ‘likely’ to be in the second year. They will be a combination of internally and externally examined performance; written coursework; and a written examination.

Future opportunities

This popular subject can prepare you for a specialist course at university or drama school. Past students are currently studying or have studied at Central School of Speech and Drama, East 15, Rose Bruford, Guildhall, the London Studio as well as a range of universities such as Cambridge, Royal Holloway, Kent, UEA, Manchester and Leeds.

Further information

Outside reading is a real asset to the course and a reading list is given out during taster days before the course starts and induction week in September. We will also offer you a number of theatre trips throughout the year to see new and challenging theatre being made now. The more theatre you can see the better.

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: 30 January 2019
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: 5956/011
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