A-level Drama and Theatre Studies


Drama at NewVIc is taught in a way that is practical, engaging and dynamic. You will learn how to analyse, discuss and devise theatre, as well as develop your performance skills. Classes are run as practical workshops where you will explore how to use your voice and body on stage, as well as develop your skills in critical analysis. There is an even balance between practical and theory.

Course type

A-level (AS and A2)

Course length

A-level: two years

Required qualifications

Five or more A*-C grades at  GCSE, including English  Language (grade 9-5).

What will I study?

The AS-level course will focus on:

  • developing your acting skills
  • experimenting with and studying a range of acting styles and techniques
  • exploring how performers, designers and directors communicate meaning to an audience
  • analysing the historical and cultural context that influences drama

On the course you will:

  • build up your skills and versatility as a performer
  • work as part of a group to perform, direct and design your own production
  • practically explore and analyse a range of exciting performance texts from classical Shakespeare to contemporary plays
  • perform in a number of venues and settings, such as at the arts venue Stratford Circus
  • critique and analyse a variety of live theatre performances in a range of venues

Method of assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of practical and coursework components and one written exam.

What will I be able to progress to?

A qualification in Drama and Theatre Studies will provide you with analytical and communication skills, as well as the ability to work independently and collaboratively. This course will enable you to apply for academic study at university or practical Drama at Drama school.

A degree in one of these areas leaves you equipped for a very wide range of vocations. Former students who have studied Drama have gone on to careers including Acting, Journalism, Advertising, Events Management, Theatre Administration, Youth Work and Teaching.