Drama & Theatre Studies A Level

Course Description

Do you have a passion for performing? Would you like to develop skills as a director as well as a performer? How about engaging your creative side by learning how to design set, lighting and costume? This course covers it all. Come and join our Performing Arts team where you will be challenged and inspired by our team of industry professionals, on and off the stage.

Entry Requirements

Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three other GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4. Working at grade 6 GCSE Drama is beneficial but previous experience is not essential to gain entry on to this course. Students not studying drama should have a proven record in the interest of drama by having participated in extra curricular clubs and enrichment, for example, drama clubs or school productions. To study Drama, you will be required to attend an audition.

Course Content

Over the two year course you will:
• Participate in practical and engaging acting skills workshops
• Study and analyse plays of contrasting styles
• Watch live theatre and learn how theatre is produced
• 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 and apply them to your work
• Become an independent learner, preparing you for further study or work in the industry
• Work towards the final written exam in your second year
• You will also work with industry professionals, scriptwriters and actors as a member of the Performing Arts Academy.


Component 1: Devising
A group devised performance supported by a written portfolio documenting the development of the piece (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 (20% of the qualification).
Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice
Written exam. Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation, Section B: Page to Stage, Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text (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 at The Octagon Theatre, universities, drama schools and local casting agencies. 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. 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 Lowry Theatre in Salford.

Additional Information

Additional to your study we provide you with the opportunity to visit the theatre to watch professional performances and visit Media City to learn about TV and radio performance. We are looking for students who are dedicated to success and ready to learn in a fast paced energetic environment. You will be expected to attend extra rehearsals, study sessions and skills workshops in order to be the best you can be. 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.
Future students would benefit from researching the following styles of theatre in preparation for the course: Expressionism, naturalism, Theatre of Cruelty and Epic Theatre.

Links with other subjects:
Most subjects combine well with Theatre Studies however if you are serious about a career in the industry then why not consider a combination of the subjects below:
Performing Arts, Media Studies, Music, Music Technology, Film Studies, English Literature, and English Language.

Future Career Opportunities

The options are endless! You will learn many transferable skills in Theatre Studies which can help you in any career. 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, TV and screen, Drama-therapy and teaching.

Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?

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.