A Level

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.

Type of study
Examination board

Availability & Details

Drama, A-Level AF-DRAMAL-D(0000)000

Alton Campus
Academic Year 2020-21 (2 years)
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You should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. For GCSEs which remain with the old grading system, a grade 4 is equivalent to a grade C.

At HSDC Alton on the Drama A Level you will study:

Year 1

  • Study a variety of exciting theatrical practitioners; Stanislavski, Brecht, Berkoff, Frantic Assembly, Kneehigh, Katie Mitchell and Joan Littlewood
  • Exploring genres, styles, playwrights, texts which inform the creation and staging of theatrical work
  • Modern writers and theatre productions; ‘That Face’ by Polly Stenham, breaking barriers and reaching young audiences with exciting, engaging, contemporary themes and issues
  • Devising; using an array of acting techniques, rehearsal and staging exercises to create an original piece of modern theatre

Year 2

  • Group performances; teacher directed within a group to stage an extract from a play in the College theatre
  • Monologues/duologues; working with a partner and also individually, to produce a highly effective and dynamic piece of theatre
  • Regular theatre visits; as a group to analyse and evaluate critically acclaimed theatre productions
  • Directing; drawing upon all the experience and knowledge gained over the course to direct your own modern production of a classical text

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.

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My courses were all especially interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All of my lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from them.

Lottie Warren, A Level student

My experience with the teaching and support was really well, as I’m dyslexic, they helped me a lot and I’ve achieved good grades, so I’m really pleased.

Thomas McCann, A Level student

My experience at the college was enjoyable and productive, with thoroughly helpful people surrounding you, an excellent experience. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was, with the work shop time and experience I had, it was a great two years preparing me for the next stage.

Edward Smith, BTEC student