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Drama and Theatre Studies A-Level

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What is Drama and Theatre Studies A-Level?

Drama & Theatre Studies A-Level looks at the practices and theories of classical and contemporary playwrights, directors and practitioners of drama.

The course aims to develop an awareness of a range of theatre notables through the observation and analysis of existing and emerging performance work, and practical exploration of texts and practitioner techniques.

The course encourages a critical and creative response to the complexities of theatre from the perspectives of actor, designer and director.

What Will You Study?

Drama & Theatre Studies A-Level Reading List >

Year 12

  • Antigone – Script
  • Practical exploration of The Paper Birds practices
  • Devised Performance
  • Live theatre analysis

Year 13

  • Live theatre analysis
  • Metamorphosis – Script
  • Practical exploration of scripted extracts with influential practitioner theory application
  • Scripted extract performance

What Next?

There are a variety of options open to you if you have studied Drama & Theatre Studies at Newman. Some of our past students have gone on to study degrees in Law, Acting, Theatre Studies, Psychology, English and Creative Writing to name just a few.

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Entry Requirements for Drama and Theatre Studies A-Level

At least five 5s at GCSE,  including at least a 6 in English Language or English Literature.

Have you considered studying a Mixed Programme (A-Levels and BTECs)? Whether you’re on target to achieve five 5s in your GCSEs or not, there may still be an option to study A-Levels alongside a BTEC qualification at Newman.

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What other subjects go well with this subject?

English, Psychology, Sport, Sociology, History, Media Studies and Music.

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