Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


Drama and Theatre Studies

Drama and Theatre Studies

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Drama and Theatre Studies

WJEC A-level Drama and Theatre

A-level Drama is an exciting exploration of drama and theatre. The course has a strong focus on practical dramatic skills as well as textual analysis and gives learners a well rounded insight into what it takes to be a professional actor.


Is this course right for me?

The course will help to develop your teamwork, communication and critical analysis skills as you work as part of a team to create performances based on text and stimuli, using the ideas and techniques of theatrical practitioners. Please note that although you will be performing in groups each student is graded individually.

Facilities you will have access to include: The Merlin Theatre (a 240 seat black box venue, equipped with industry standard digital sound and lighting control), two drama studios, set and props construction workshop, costume store and sewing room.

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
  • Drama grade B (or equivalent) and English Language/Literature/First Language Welsh grade B
  • Please check the AS Level Options Grid to see if this subject fits into your chosen programme
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Successful completion of relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

During the course you will develop your ability to study and analyse plays from multiple perspectives including those of the performer, the designer and the director.

Units to be studied will include:

  • Theatre workshop
  • Text in theatre
  • Text in action
  • Text in performance

You will be required to attend weekly tutorials.

You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:
  • the course you are taking at College
  • what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language
Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Practical examination
  • Written examination

This course can lead to a diverse range of career opportunities including: Actor, Broadcast presenter, Community arts worker, Drama therapist, Runner – broadcasting/film/video, Theatre director, Theatre stage manager, Arts administrator, Choreographer, Further education teacher, Media researcher, Music producer, Secondary school teacher, Special effects technician, Talent agent, Television floor manager.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) to check any entry requirements.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • Practical/comfortable clothing for parts of the course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2024/25
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

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Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, find out what we offer on our Sports Academy page.

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Last updated: 24/10/2023
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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