Drama and Theatre Studies

A Level

Exam Board: Edexcel

2 years


Course Content:

At Alton College on the Drama & Theatre A-Level you will study:

  • Devising; using an array of acting techniques, rehearsal and staging exercises to create an original piece of modern theatre
  • Study of a variety of exciting theatrical practitioners; Stanislavski, Brecht, Berkoff, Frantic Assembly, Katie Mitchell and DV8
  • Exploring genres, styles, playwrights, directors, which inform the creation and staging of new theatrical work
  • Modern writers and theatre productions; ‘Jumpy’ by April de Angelis, ‘That Face’ by Polly Stenham, which are breaking barriers and reaching young audiences with exciting, engaging, contemporary themes and issues
  • Classic Greek plays; ‘Antigone’ by Sophocles, which continue to influence modern theatre and how we express ideas, social issues and themes in drama/theatre today
  • Group performances; directed within a group to stage a full production within the College theatre
  • Monologues/duologues; working with a partner and also individually, to produce a highly effective and absorbing piece of theatre
  • Regular theatre visits; as a group to evaluate critically acclaimed theatre productions, both in London and provincial theatres


40% course work, 20% group performance/monologue & duologue, 40% written exam.

Studying at Alton College:

Lessons are varied and engaging with activities including practical exploration of acting techniques, improvisation, direction, rehearsal exercises, performance, exploration of text and stage design. Discussion, research and debate is encouraged. Written tasks incorporate ways to express original thought and analysis.

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. For GCSEs which remain with the old grading system, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C.

Course costs:

Purchase of set texts: c. £45 over two years
Optional trips from £20 each

Drama and Theatre Studies works well with:

English Literature
English Language