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Drama and Theatre Studies


This is a busy and exciting course approached through dynamic exploration of how theatre theory and practice relate. You investigate a number of contemporary texts and styles in detail considering the contexts in which they have been written and performed. The emphasis is on practical discovery with plenty of opportunities to take part in performances. You are assessed through projects in scripted and devised work, and through one written exam on set texts and theatre visits. If you like discussing ideas, working out how to perform them, to be active and enjoy performing, this course will engage, inspire and challenge.

  • Workshops exploring different acting styles
  • Theatre visits and trips
  • Modern and classical plays
  • Opportunities to work with practitioners
  • Devising theatre
  • Practical assessments alongside written exams
  • Lessons take place in an intimate and fully equipped workshop space

PLEASE NOTE: In contemporary and classical texts, playwrights engage with difficult ideas and actions as a means of exploring, understanding and challenging assumptions about the world we live in. The plays we teach may have challenging themes. Potential students should take this into account when choosing courses.

Ellie Williams

Studied at Varndean College: Classical Civilisation, Drama & Theatre Studies, & Textiles + AS French & EPQ (2012-2014)

Progression: Theatre Production: Arts and Stage Management, University of Winchester

Course Essentials

Courses Available
A Level
Entry Requirements

PLUS
Grade 5 in GCSE Drama
AND
A background of successful experience in Productions
How The Course is Assessed
60% practical coursework, 40% written exam
Career Pathways
The course gives a thorough preparation for students entering Higher Education or employment, developing creative thinking and independent learning skills alongside practical skills in theatre and drama. Many students progress to drama related degrees, others to degrees such as Law, Psychology, Film Studies, English and History. The course helps create independent students, critical thinkers and effective decision-makers - qualities which can make students stand out as they progress through education and into employment.
Transferable Skills
A level Drama and Theatre develops a number of transferable skills. Research, independence, teamwork, critical analysis, communication and presentation skills; time management; problem solving, drive and determination, ICT skills.
Other Information
You must be prepared to commit to practical acting workshops, researching cultural contexts, writing essays and workbooks, attending rehearsals and going on theatre visits. Expect to spend around £75 per year on visits – often to London. You can specialise in acting, design or direction.
Enquiries To
Gill Lamden: gcl@varndean.ac.uk