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Drama & Theatre Arts

We follow the Edexcel Drama and Theatre Studies course at ‘A’ level which focuses on developing senior drama students into creative, resourceful and independent theatre practitioners, capable of rising to the challenge to explore dramatic text as performer, designer or director.

The course content includes in-depth research, practical analysis and comparison of a variety of key drama texts linked to practitioner theory, historical theatre production, socio-political significance and is influenced by contemporary live theatre evaluation.  The focus is on understanding the process by which outstanding performance can be achieved; examined in two performance modules with additional supportive evidence.  Many students develop their acting technique further by studying for LAMDA Silver and Gold Acting Medals. Our entry requirement is a ‘B’ grade in English GCSE.  Drama GCSE is desirable but not essential if a student has a proved track record in dramatic training and productions.   

‘A’ level students are encouraged to take a leadership role in school drama; supporting, directing, designing and stage-managing productions and can also choose to act at Edinburgh Fringe Festival as part of the graduate Sixth Form Theatre Company, Exposure Theatre.  Many students study drama as a single or joint honours degree at university achieving successful professional careers in a variety of theatre and film industry roles, arts administrations, education, advertising, media and public relations.  Several students have gone on to win places at leading Drama Schools achieving notable acting careers.    


A Level Devised Drama - Black Water