Drama & Theatre Studies A Level

Course Description

Do you have a passion for performing? Enjoy fun, active classes and working with others? Do you want to improve your confidence and learn how to develop essential communication skills? Do you love to watch live theatre and wish it was you on stage? Then Drama and Theatre Studies is the course for you! Come and join the BSFC Performing Arts family and their team of industry professional tutors for a learning experience that will challenge and inspire you!

Entry Requirements

Students studying four A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade 7, 8 or 9 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 6 or above. Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 4 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4. Previous experience is beneficial but not essential.

Course Content

Over the two year course you will:
• Participate in practical and engaging acting skills workshops
• Study five plays of contrasting styles
• Watch live theatre and learn how to evaluate live performance
• Prepare and perform large scale productions
• Perform a duologue or monologue
• Devise and create your own plays and material
• Experience and learn a range of practitioner techniques
• Be assessed on your practical effort in ?class, your performance? Technique and a creative performance portfolio
• Develop creative design skills
• Understand the role of the director
• Interpret productions for a contemporary audience
• Work towards the final written exam in your second year


Component 1: Group devised performance supported by a written portfolio documenting the development of the piece (80 marks total, 20 for performance, 60 for portfolio = 40% of the qualification).

Component 2: Text in Performance - group performance/design of one key extract for a performance text and a monologue or duologue from one key extract from a different performance text (60 marks total = 20% of the qualification).

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice - 2.5 hour written exam. Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation, Section B: Page to Stage, Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text. 80 marks total = 40% of the qualification.

Enrichment and Work Experience

Upon entry to a Performing Arts course you will be accepted into the Performing Arts Academy. The academy is an opportunity for our Drama and Theatre students to participate in professional workshops with industry professionals exclusive at The Octagon Theatre. You will learn about different career opportunities in the Performing Arts industry and widen your experience and understanding of the professional world of Performing Arts.  The Octagon Theatre and Bolton University provide you with exclusive workshops and sessions.  You will have the opportunity to perform at various events throughout the year as well as public performances both at our home theatre and larger venues such as the Z Arts theatre in Manchester.

Additional Information

Additional to your study we provide you with the opportunity to visit the theatre to watch professional performances. Our students also perform in a number of shows and events including national competitions. We also rehearse towards a large scale musical which is performed in a professional theatre. Serious about the future? Why not join our Performing Arts Academy and experience a variety of workshops ran by professional artists; helping you develop essential performance skills. The transferable skills you will learn; communication, team work, decision making, assertiveness, organisational, interpersonal, managing others, using initiative, self- motivation and self-confidence.

Future Career Opportunities

The options are endless! Again all down to those transferable skills. Want to be a lawyer? Then you need to learn how to act. You could also become a teacher, theatre and screen actor, scriptwriter, director, producer, drama therapist, stage manager, set designer or a theatre journalist. Our drama students have progressed to higher education in: Acting, Musical Theatre, Presenting, Drama-therapy and Teaching.

Why Study at BSFC?

Our teachers have professional experience in the Performing Arts industry and have developed the Performing Arts Academy. The Academy offers students the opportunity to take LAMDA exams, gain work experience and participate in professional workshops at The Octagon Theatre to develop those wider performance skills. We have free workshops and performances all year round delivered by guests from universities such as UCLAN, Liverpool Hope University, Arden School of Theatre, Sterling Academy, The Octagon Theatre, Bolton University and professional scriptwriters and actors. We have excellent facilities including a theatre, recording studios and a dance studio. Drama and Theatre to us is more than just a subject, it’s our passion. If you share this passion then we invite you to join us and be with like-minded people who are all striving to reach the same goal.