Drama is about learning how to find connections with other people, sharing experiences through story, expressing ideas and challenging beliefs.

What’s it about?

Why study Drama?

Entry requirements

What you learn

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Whether you’re a born actor, writer, director or designer you will discover a wealth of techniques and ideas to bring your scripts alive, make your performances impressive and your productions compelling.

By developing your writing, speaking and analytical skills through this course you will also enhance other areas of study. Engaging and participating in drama will help build your confidence and allow you to explore and develop your interests and passions. It provides all the ‘soft skills’ so valued by employers in the 21st Century; in fact Google’s top 7 skills to success are all considered to be soft skills.  An A Level in drama provides students with lifelong transferable skills that can be use in any profession.

Horsforth Drama students are given a high level of independence and autonomy in preparing for their examination performances and consistently achieve outstanding results. They also gain an excellent grasp of the diversity of theatre, theory and performance.

Over the course students will get to see a huge variety of live performance from award winning companies such as Kneehigh and Frantic Assembly and more ‘studio’ productions from companies such as Rash Dash, 1927 and Splendid Productions. We also offer a variety of opportunities for workshops with leading practitioners in their field, ranging from Verbatim and Brechtian Theatre to Greek chorus.

Extra-curricular wise student students will also get the chance to create and perform a piece of drama for Year 6 transition and run the ever-popular drama club where our students facilitate and run sessions accumulating with an evening showcase for parents.

Drama and Theatre Studies has become a highly respectable A level over the last decade and is valued by Universities as a facilitating subject. Recent A level drama students have gone on to do Economics, History, Media, English and even Medicine.

In addition, for those interested in continuing their theatrical career we offer help with interviews and auditions plus the chance to talk to ex students who have gone on to pursue drama and acting after leaving Horsforth.

The Course Structure

This is a two year course that covers all areas of drama from devising and scripted, to studying set texts.

The devising module allows students to explore a theme of their choice to create a piece of new and innovative drama. The process and performance is assessed. There is a log book/written portfolio to accompany this unit.

The scripted module gives the students a chance to explore characterisation in more depth through close study of a play. This unit is marked solely on acting and there is a visiting examiner for the final performance.

The written exam is taken at the end of Year 13 and will test the students’ ability to evaluate a live theatre performance and analyse a play text in detail.

Potential Careers

  • Actor
  • Arts administrator
  • Barrister
  • Broadcast journalist
  • Broadcast journalists report the news on TV, radio and online.
  • Cinematographer
  • Copywriter
  • Costume designers
  • Counsellor
  • Drama therapist
  • Human resources
  • Lawyer
  • Marketing
  • Newspaper journalist
  • Personal assistant
  • Presenter
  • Primary school teacher
  • Project Manager
  • Proof reader
  • Public relations
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Set designer
  • Stage manager
  • Television/film producer
  • Theatrical producer
  • Writer
  • Youth and community worker

 Why Study Drama?

 Entry Requirements

Subject Qualification (Level 3) Required GCSE Grades
(in addition to Sixth Form entry requirements)
Additional Information
Drama: Theatre Studies A Level 6+ Drama and 6+ English Language  

What You Learn

Our Learning Journeys have been created to give you a flavour for the types of topics students study in each year at our school. They show what will be covered throughout the year and during each half-term, but please note there is some flexibility to what is taught when. We hope you find them helpful.