Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Drama and Theatre Studies

A level Drama & Theatre Studies

A-level Drama and Theatre offers you the opportunity to explore drama as a practical art form, you will explore how in ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through choices of form, style and convention.

You will have the chance to:

  • Create, perform and respond to drama and theatre
  • Develop the creativity and independence to become effective theatre makers
  • Explore the relationship between theory and practice in a range of theatrical styles and periods and historical, social and cultural contexts
  • Learn how relevant research, independent thought and analysis of live theatre production can inform decision making in their practical work and put this understanding into practice
  • Experience the ways in which theatre makers collaborate to create theatre

The course is a two-year course and you will be assessed in the 2nd year of the course. The assessments are in three parts. Practical elements of assessment make up 60% of your grade and the written exam makes up 40%

Component 1: Drama & Theatre

  • Set Texts
  • Live theatre production

Component 2: Creating Original Drama

  • Produce an individual Working notebook documenting the devising process
  • Contribute to a final devised, group performance.

Component 3: Making Theatre

  • Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts each taken from a different play
  • You will learn how to apply methodologies of a practitioner to different texts.

For the practical components, you can choose to work as performers, designers (design students may choose lighting, sound, set, costume or puppets) or directors.

Entry Requirements

To be successful on this course you should enjoy performing and have at least a grade B in English language or Literature GCSE.

Performance experience is not required but would be helpful.

Courses that this would work well with: English Literature or Language, History, Performing Arts, Media, Film, Politics.

Graded Examinations in Musical Theatre

Course Content

This is a one year course that involves preparation for singing exams in Musical Theatre. During the course you will take part in practical activities to develop your singing skills and your performer’s repertoire.

By the end of the course you will have completed a singing graded examination from grade 6-8 (depending on ability). You will complete exams in Musical Theatre (Exam Board – University of West London – LONDON COLLEGE OF MUSIC)

These examinations will count towards your UCAS points for entrance to university or Drama/Theatre School.

You will learn about:

  • Vocal health and maintenance
  • Warm ups and breathing exercises
  • Composers and librettists
  • Developing repertoire
  • Singing styles and musical genres
  • Approaching libretto
  • Characterisation through song
  • General musicianship
  • Sight reading
  • Narrative and dramatic context of a range of songs
  • Performance skills
  • Movement in Performance


Your assessment will be through a practical exam. There is no written exam for either of the courses, although you will need to understand theory and be able to answer questions about this verbally during the exam.


This course will work extremely well paired with a music or performing arts qualifications and will help towards progressing to a higher education foundation degree at university or drama school. You may also choose to enter a specialist area of employment within the performing arts industry. It is possible to take a re-sits in GCSE or take up a programme of AS levels alongside this course.