This course provides an exciting opportunity to study and perform a wide range of theatrical styles, practitioners and texts, from Ibsen’s ‘Hedda Gabler’ to contemporary plays such as ‘That Face’.
You will work in specialist facilities to understand how playwrights are influenced by contextual factors such as society, economics, culture and politics. Design and staging techniques are also studied to gain the essential theatrical skills required to create your own dramatic work for an audience. Devising within your first year is student-generated and collaboratively directed, with teaching to support you creating a vibrant and original piece of theatre. You will be practically assessed on group and monologue or duologue scripted work, carefully selected by your teacher. You will experience live theatre and learn the essential skills to analyse and evaluate the techniques employed by professional theatre companies. Ultimately, you will assume the role of director and generate an overall concept for a modern production of a classical text.
Five GCSEs at grade 9-4, including Engish and Mathematics.
At HSDC Alton on the Drama A Level you will study:
Lessons are varied and engaging with activities including practical exploration of rehearsal exercises, devising & acting techniques and stage design using our purpose-built theatre. Discussion, research, presentations, debate and collaboration is actively encouraged. Written work is intrinsically linked to your practical exploration and a strong personal response is nurtured.
40% coursework, 20% group performance, monologue or duologue, 40% written exam.
Purchase of set texts will be approximately £45 over two years. Optional trips from £20 each.
My experience at the college has been really good, it’s been really rewarding, all the lecturers were so lovely and supportive there’s no way I could have done it without them - the teaching has been outstanding.Lucie Brooks, A Level student
The tutors were really supportive and it was all thanks to them that I have achieved what I have. I’ve also made loads of great friends and really enjoyed my time at the college.Lizaveta Sinkerich, A Level student
You’re here to learn and you want to learn, and the lecturers make it fun. You don’t have to come to college but you want to come to college.Natalie Thorpe, A Level student