You don’t need GCSE Drama to take Drama and Theatre Studies at Bilborough Sixth Form College. What you will need, though, are a strong level of performance or design, a creative approach to productions and the ability to evaluate a performance. We follow the new Edexcel specification and work in classes of no more than 21 students – usually fewer. You’ll learn in a purpose-built studio theatre with stage lighting and sound, and flexible raked seating to create a variety of performance spaces. We also have an open-air amphitheatre and a specialist technical assistant. You can combine this subject with Performance Studies and / or Dance if you wish. (Drama & Theatre Studies is concerned with the whole area of theatre – including production and performance – whereas Performance Studies is concerned with contemporary dance, music and drama.)
To study Drama and Theatre Studies at Bilborough you need a grade C/4 or above in English GCSE as well as in Drama if you studied it at GCSE. An interest in the theatre is essential!
Our links with HE
Our department has strong links with higher education institutions that include the Central School of Speech & Drama, Loughborough University, Rose Bruford College, East 15 Acting School and Lakeside Theatre. Several of these institutions have led practical theatre workshops for our students; many of our alumni have gone on to study with them. We are starting a gap year theatre project in association with successful alumni Yvez McKenzie (currently Understudy Director at Crucible Theatre, Sheffield and a former Commonwealth Ambassador) and Edward Boott (founder of Nonsuch Theatre Company).