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Drama & Theatre

A Level

Special Entry Requirements

In addition to the A Level entry requirements, you will need a minimum of a grade 5 in GCSE English Language.

Course Introduction

We are delighted to be offering A Level Drama and Theatre to students. You should consider this course if you have a passion for theatre and performance and want to learn about theatre history and theory. You will be able to study and explore a range of challenging plays and perform in both scripted and devised plays as part of your assessment.

Be prepared to take part in workshops, work creatively and collaboratively with your peers, prepare and deliver presentations to your class, alongside writing essays and portfolio notes plus working on rehearsing and performing.

If you are a serious performer, we recommend that you look into our Performance Academy package which is designed to enable students to maximise opportunities for Arts and Performance-related experiences during their time at college.

If you have any questions about the course, please email admissions@s6f.org.uk

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A Level Drama & Theatre students have exclusive access to the S6F Performance Academy. Take your learning to the next level with specialist features including LAMDA Musical Theatre, College Production, Dance Leaders and more.

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Course Modules

The course is designed to develop your knowledge and enjoyment of drama and theatre whilst encouraging creativity. It combines practical, creative and academic work skills.

Seeing live theatre is an important part of the course as well as the study and exploration of set plays and theatre practitioners.

Highlights of the course will be the performances which are exciting opportunities to showcase your skills and do make tremendous demands of the whole team!

At Scarborough Sixth Form College, we have very good facilities in the form of a drama studio with flexible seating and up-to-date theatre lighting and sound equipment which students can learn to use.

Under normal circumstances, we are a lively department, intent on inspiring our students with theatre visits and specialist workshops with visiting theatre practitioners. We hope that 2021 will see a return to our usual busy programme of events that complement and enrich the curriculum.

First Year

  • Introduction to Theatre Practitioners
    (Artaud, Brecht, Berkoff, Complicite, Stanislavski)
  • Live Theatre Evaluation
  • Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text
    - acting
    - designing
    - directing
  • Devising Original Performance with the in depth study of a key practitioner

Second Year

  • Text in Performance (full scale production)
  • Duologue or monologue performance
  • Live Theatre Evaluation 2
  • Page-to-stage and refining skills for the exam
  • Further study of another key theatre practitioner
  • Interpreting a Performance Text (your own production concept)
  • Written Exam


There are three components for assessment:

Component 1 is a devising project. You will respond to a key extract from a play text, moving onto devising your own original and unique play as part of a group. You will realise your devised play in performance and produce a portfolio to explain your ideas and evaluate your work, demonstrating the influence of one key theatre practitioner in the making of the work.

Component 2 is the main performance exam. You will take part in a group performance of a substantial extract from a scripted play. This will be a full-scale production event but there will be a visiting examiner from the exam board in the audience! You will also prepare to perform a monologue or duologue from a play for assessment at the same time.

Component 3 is a final written exam, taking place at the end of the second year. You will study two plays and one different theatre practitioner, ready to write answers in the exam. In addition, you will be prepared to write about a live theatre performance we will watch during the second year.

Career Opportunities

Teacher With Male And Female Drama Students At Performing Arts School In Studio Improvisation Class
Two women on a theater stage

Career Opportunities