Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Drama and Theatre Studies

AS / A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies

Course Content

Drama and Theatre A-Level 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

Component 1 - Drama and 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.


After successfully completing this course you could go on to further study university or drama school. The course could also help you gain employment in the performing arts industry.

Graded Examinations in Musical Theatre

Course Content

This 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 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


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.