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2 years
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Drama and Theatre Studies is a highly practical course which explores the creative processes of theatre making from the perspectives of an audience member, performer, designer and director. Through the exploration of set texts and live performance, you will develop your performance, creative, critical and analytical skills.

You will be a part of our Bury College School of Performance, where you will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of performances, showcases and enrichment activities.

You will attend the theatre at least twice with college - possibly visiting London’s National Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. We also offer the opportunity for students to gain LAMDA performance qualifications in Acting and/or Musical Theatre.

  • Devising - creating original performance from a text stimulus
  • Text in Performance - taking on a performance or design role in a practical, tutor directed piece and solo/paired performance
  • Theatre Makers in Practice - exploring theatre making through the analysis of live performance and two set texts

Assessment is 40% coursework, 40% written exam and 20% practical performance exam.

Future career opportunities may include:

  • Actor
  • Performer
  • Stage Technician
  • Stage Manager
  • Teacher
  • Producer
  • Director

Bespoke costumes may be required for performances. Enrolment onto the course is subject to a successful practical audition.

Positive Futures is a set of essential qualities, embedded throughout your study programme, that we seek to develop in all students: 

  • Commitment
  • Collaboration
  • Confidence
  • Resilience

You will also engage in the Positive Futures Careers Programme, developing key employability skills through a diverse range of activities including work placements, volunteering, employer talks, industry study visits and employment and university fairs.

For A-level programmes: 6 GCSEs at grade 9-4 (to include 3 GCSEs at grade 9-4 and 3 GCSEs at grade 9-5). Require grade 9-4 in English Language and Maths.
For A-level Drama and Theatre Studies: A successful audition and evidence of an interest in the theatre.

As a Bury College student you will have access to a wide range of enrichment opportunities which will contribute to your personal growth and development and support your academic studies. 

These may include:

  • Art Club
  • Chess Club
  • Dance, Drama and Singing Workshops
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Gaming Hub
  • Music Club
  • Pride Club
  • Student Ambassador Scheme
  • A wide range of sport including Badminton, Cricket, Football, Fitness Training, Nerf, Netball, Volleyball and Table Tennis.

Please Note: We attempt to ensure that all information contained within this website is correct and up-to-date. However, some details may change as we review and update our provision. Although every effort is made to provide the teaching, examination, assessment and other services detailed on this website and in our other publications, Bury College cannot guarantee the provision of such programmes, services, facilities and fees. Bury College reserves the right to amend, withdraw, alter or amalgamate any of the courses, locations and facilities detailed within at any time. Should circumstances require such amendments, Bury College undertakes to use all reasonable steps to minimise the resultant disruption to those services and most importantly to students.

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