Theatre Studies (A Level)

OCR’s A Level in Theatre has been designed to be a practical, engaging and creative specification for learners to study.

You will have opportunities to interrogate drama and the work of others, to explore a range of drama as a practical art form, and to work independently to create your own drama performances.

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Course Insight Subject Highlights

Topics you will study
  • Practitioners in practice
  • Exploring and performing texts
  • Analysing performance
  • Deconstructing texts for performance
Progression Routes – What’s in it for me?

This course will prepare you for the further study of Theatre or Performing Arts courses in higher education, as well as developing transferable skills desired by all sectors of the industry. It will help create independent learners, critical thinkers and effective decision makers – all personal attributes that can make you stand out as you progress through your education and into employment.

Our past students have gone on to regional, national and international centres for theatre and performance such as LIPA, LAMDA, Central School of Speech and Drama, AMDA (New York), Kingston, Chichester and GSA.

In the last two years we have successfully gained entry to the National Youth Theatre for a number of our students, thus preparing them for world class opportunities for the future.

Assessment:                            Awarding Body:

Practical – 60%                                            OCR
Written Exam – 40%

Key Features:
  • You will be taught by teachers with professional acting and performance experience.
  • It’s a very practical course and you will receive 1-1 support in preparing for the written exam components.
  • Teachers have excellent links with local and national theatre companies.
  • Numerous opportunities for you to perform outside of College in Pathway Plus activities and work experience projects.
  • Throughout the course you will be given the opportunity to see lots of live professional theatre.
  • You will be offered the highest calibre of actor training available, to prepare you for the future.
  • You will take part in auditions for the National Youth Theatre in both your first and second year.
Stoke6th Graduate Attributes
How SFC will help you to boost your CV by developing your skills and qualifications…
  • You will learn to be resilient performers who enjoy learning and are willing to listen, learn and contribute to the development of ensemble and solo work.
  • You will develop independence of thought and, where appropriate, social interaction through rehearsal and development.
  • You will be able to contribute creative and innovative solutions to staging problems through numeracy and digital technology as well as through ICT.
  • You will develop sophisticated literacy and Oracy skills through the exploration of a variety of language styles and deliveries.
  • You will learn to solve problems and present information logically whilst respecting and recognising other performers’ views, attitudes and cultures.
  • You will understand the importance and necessity for performers to attend punctually and meet deadlines.
  • By the end of the course, you will have developed the techniques and mind-set that will develop a lifelong love of learning and allow you access to future education, training or employment in the field.