Drama and Theatre Studies

A Level

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This is an inspiring course where 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 develop the creativity and independence to become effective theatre makers through acting and/or theatre design and have a range of opportunities to create theatre in both text based and devised work.

A collaborative style is taught to help you understand the relationship between various roles within theatre so you will participate both as theatre makers and as audience members of live theatre. 

The structure allows you 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.


A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above.

On this course you will study:

Theatre workshop

  • The creation, development and performance of a piece of theatre based on a reinterpretation of an extract from a text
  • Produce a final performance and a creative log

Text in action

  • Participate in the creation, development and performance of two pieces of theatre, one of which is devised

Text in performance

  • A timed exam, based on three different texts studied in class over the two years

The course is taught through workshops, acting technique classes, lectures, visits to live theatre and group work to develop and apply an informed, analytical framework for performing, interpreting and understanding drama and theatre.

Our 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 and provide students with on-line support materials which can be accessed via our student portal.

Practial 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.
The College has a fully functioning theatre space equipped with sound and lighting at professional standard.

The Performing Arts department has four rehearsal rooms, a training studio space and two large dance studios. Rooms are equipped with IT facilities to complement teaching sessions.


Practical performance assessments, Reflective and Evaluative Project Log and a timed final written exam.

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My experience at South Downs was great, it’s very different to school, and I think it’s a good step to going to University. The support was amazing, I loved all of my teachers, they helped me through everything. The College is friendly and you will succeed.

Heidi Adamson Brattland, A Level student

My experience at South Downs 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

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


Higher education courses in Drama and Theatre, Performing, English, Humanities or Drama School.


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