This is an exciting course offering a practical, challenging programme of study which is intended to ensure that you gain a comprehensive appreciation of the nature of drama and theatre.
You will develop an understanding of how the social, cultural and historic contexts of a theatrical text have influenced the development of Drama and Theatre. You will also be given the opportunity to develop the creativity and independence to become effective theatre makers through acting and/or theatre design.
You will experience a range of opportunities to create theatre in both text-based and devised work. You will also be encouraged to understand the collaborative relationship between various roles within theatre and participate both as theatre-makers and as audience members of live theatre. This course should enable you to develop a thorough and expert appreciation of Drama and theatre.
The content is stimulating, relevant and accessible to a wide range of learners, ensuring both breadth and depth to the study of Drama and Theatre. The structure allows students to work practically as theatre-makers and demonstrate their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge and understanding from across the full course of study.
Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Mathematics. An audition is required.
You will participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of theatre based on a reinterpretation of an extract from a text. You will produce for assessment a final performance and a creative log.
Text in Action
You will participate in the creation, development and performance of two pieces of theatre, one of which is devised.
Text in Performance
You will sit a timed exam, based on three different texts studied in class over the two years.
The course is taught through practitioner workshops, acting technique classes, lectures, visits to live theatre, and student centred discovery tasks and creative group work to develop and apply an informed, analytical framework for making, performing, interpreting and understanding Drama and Theatre.
The teaching environment engages students in practical and contextual learning activities supported by digital media technologies. We have access to a number of Arts based e-resources such as Digital Theatre and Drama Online and provide students with on-line support materials such as Google Classroom which can be accessed via our online-pages on the virtual learning environment.
To enrich the learning experience, practical work underpins contextual practitioner studies to provide experiential tasks and a knowledge base of theatre styles and historical and contemporary influences upon the performing arts.
HSDC boasts a fully functioning theatre space equipped with sound and lighting technologies at professional standard. The Drama department has its own Drama studio and Drama Hall. Rooms are equipped with IT facilities to compliment teaching sessions.
Practical performance assessments, reflective and evaluative creative project log, timed final written exam.
Playscripts and Theatre visits
Students can progress on to Higher Education courses in drama and theatre, performing, English and humanities. Alternatively you may wish to move on to Drama School.
Teaching staff have received professional training at drama schools including Arts Ed, RADA, LAMDA, Royal Central school of Speech and Drama and Birmingham School of acting and regularly attend staff development workshops to update skills and embrace new developments in the industry.
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
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
This is a really good college, and it is definitely somewhere you can achieve your dreams.Yolanda Stemp, BTEC student