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A level drama course syllabus, entry requirements, career and onward study options from The Profs.

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What is the course about?

A level drama focuses primarily on understanding and creating the experience of live theatre. That might mean performing in, directing or writing a play or engaging in other elements of live theatre production such as costume or stage design. The course requires students to study both theoretical and practical aspects of live theatre and there is usually a fairly equal division of reading and written work, in addition to performing and practical assessment. This is by no means simply ‘an acting course’ or an easy A level option.

What is covered in A level Drama?

A level drama requires a great deal of collaborative work between a class and their teacher. If you want to succeed in this course then it’s important that you are confident and happy to work with others as this is not a course that you can complete alone. The course itself commonly uses extracts from plays as study points. By conducting practical exploration and theoretical interpretation of set passages, the course aims to give students a greater understanding as to how live theatre is performed and directed.

The practical element of the course often involves students working together as a team to essentially produce, direct and perform in a theatrical piece based upon the theoretical study that has been carried out. The production should be accompanied by a portfolio detailing the aims and interpretations of the collaborative performance.

Students interested in this course need to be aware that studies extend far beyond performing and A level drama requires substantial reading, analysis of texts and essay writing. Similarly, practical work is heavily involved in the course so students should be comfortable with both aspects.

What GCSEs and skills do I need for A level drama?

A GCSE in drama may be beneficial but is not always necessary. A grade 7 or above in GCSE English would be a good starting point, given that literary texts will be studied, interpreted and written about during the course. As we mentioned above, the ability to work as part of a team and to spend out of hours time at theatre productions are also important features of this course.

What are the options after studying A level Drama?

The performing arts is a huge industry with many different careers ranging from acting, writing, directing, costume design, stage production, lighting, music and so forth. A qualification in drama proves that you have studied theatre in-depth and have a broad overall knowledge of the industry. The industry covers everything from live theatre, television, digital media and film.

Acandemic options are similarly broad, including stage school, university drama courses and much more.

Can I do anything else to enhance my career options?

As in most industries, proving that you have put in additional effort to try and gain knowledge and experience within your chosen sector is always looked upon favourably by potential employers. In acting especially, it is important to start your portfolio as soon as you can. Consider joining a local drama club where you will be able to gain further experience, learning from others.

You may be presented with the opportunity to collaborate in performances that could result in your being ‘spotted’ or getting networking opportunities. Applying for work experience at your local theatre is also a great way to show that you are committed and eager to succeed in the industry.

If you are interested in a career in drama and theatre production then why not get in touch with The Profs to discuss your specific requirements. Our expert tutors can assist in anything from course-specific tuition through to academic progression, university applications and career planning.

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