A Level Drama Level 3

Full Time

A Level Pathways

Our A Level subjects are clustered into pathways to help guide you towards your career goal. You should choose and follow a specific A Level pathway, taking subjects from the core and additional choices listed. Other subject choices are also available depending on timetabling.

This A Level is included within the following A Level Pathways as a CORE subject: Performing Arts (Other options may also be available, depending on timetabling).

About the course

Improve your existing acting skills, understanding of scripts and staging through reading, discussing, analysing and seeing plays, plus rehearsing and performing them. You will develop your own talents and be involved in various performances and workshops, and have an understanding of what an actor, director or designer does, and how plays move from page to stage.

In your practical text work you will investigate how playwrights create theatre: how they manipulate language, characters and dramatic situations, as well as working in a theatre company environment as an actor or designer. Visits to live theatre productions in working performance spaces will form much of the inspiration for your own work.

Component 1: You will devise an original performance

Component 2: You will perform to a visiting examiner as well as performing in a group piece of theatre and monologue/duologue performance

Component 3: You will study two play texts and a life theatre evaluation

There are many opportunities to watch live theatre, participate in workshops with reputable theatre companies and compete in National Drama Competitions. Students will also acquire knowledge of theatrical influences, conventions and styles, a variety of performing skills, and be able to make critical responses to what you see and hear in live theatre.

You will study the course for 4.5 -5 (first year is 4.5 hours and second year is 5) hours per week and should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (In Feb/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs grade 4/C or above, including English Language; also, a grade 4/C in GCSE Drama OR be prepared to audition. The audition. The audition will consist of a practical workshop, a monologue performed from a published play and a written personal statement.

Where next?

The course can lead to careers in Acting, Directing, Stage Management, Entertainment Industry, Theatre Admission, Film & Television, Teaching, Personnel and Communication based industries. This course will also help you become more informed and a more skilful member of amateur drama companies or theatre groups.

Work experience and employability

This course does not contain a specific work experience component but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies, our Employability Team can help.

What additional resources will I need?

You will need to buy your own copies of set texts and theory books, where applicable. You will also need loose, comfortable clothing for all practical classes.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18 years.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


For queries about the course, please contact the course leader: natalie.kitching@newcollege.ac.uk or Claire.smart@newcollege.ac.uk

For general enquiries, please contact: enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk