Drama And Theatre Studies Coursework

Bursaries are a form of financial help in addition to student loans and grants that do not have to be paid back. The bursaries we are offering for 2017 entrants are listed below.

Application Process for University Bursaries

There is no application process (except for the part-time bursary); but do remember to give consent to share your household income with the University of Chester when you apply for student funding.

We will automatically review your eligibility and notify you if you are eligible; normally by letter to your home address.

If you are not sure whether you have consented to share your information with the University, you can contact the Consent to Share Helpline on 0845 603 4016 and agree to share your information over the telephone. Please note that your parents or sponsor will also have to contact the helpline.

Please email university.bursary@chester.ac.uk if you have specific questions.

Chester Bursary

Available to new full-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of over £6,000) who have a means tested household income of £25,000 or less.

Bursary: £1,500

Cash payment and ‘in-kind’ benefits of £500 per year of study.

Chester Bursary for Part-Time Students

Available to new part-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of at least £7,000), enrolled for a minimum of 40 credits at the start of Level 4, and with a declared residual household income of £25,000 or less.

Bursary: up to £1,500

Cash payments made on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of credits studied each academic year.

Care Leavers Bursary

Available to new full-time Level 4 undergraduate home students under the age of 25, paying a tuition fee of over £6,000, who have evidence of their care leaver status.

Bursary: up to £7,000

Mixture of cash, 'in-kind’ benefits and fee waiver.

Contact the Bursary Team at University.Bursary@chester.ac.uk for more information about the Care Leavers Bursary.

Young Adult Carers Bursary

Working in partnership with Young Carers organisations locally, this bursary is available for eligible young carers.

Bursary Package totalling: £4,500

Contact Martina Ferrari at m.ferrari@chester.ac.uk for more information about the Young Adult Carers Bursary.

Drama A level

Qualification: GCE A Level in Drama and Theatre
Exam Board & Specification Code: WJEC; Specification
Course Entry Requirements: C/5 in English Literature GCSE
Please make sure that you have understood the overall entry requirements to study at BHASVIC. These are available here and outline the GCSE grades you need to take up one of the Programmes of Study at the college.
Length and size of qualification: 2 year single course
Timetable hours: 4.5 hours per week
Assessment method: A combination of written and practical exams
BHASVIC Department: Media and Performing Arts
Head of Department: Cath Rowe

What will I study?

You will study and stage a range of different texts and apply your own ideas to them. You will learn about different practitioners who have influenced theatre and gain a historical understandng of how modern theatre has arisen. Within the practical components of the course you will perform monologues and duologues and also work in groups, both devising and staging plays. There is portfolio coursework detailing your rehearsal processes and also a written exam which includes evaluation of the theatre you have seen on the course. Be prepared to go and see productions locally and in London.

Is this course right for me?

If you enjoy watching theatre, are happy to perform and are willing to try out ideas in a workshop environment then you will enjoy the course. The ability to work as part of a team is essential. There are many opportunities to practically apply your skills as a performer. More challenging areas would include essay writing and the application of theory to practice. Assessment is 40% practical and 60% written. This subject would suit students who are interested in studying any humanities subjects such as English Literature and Language as well as History and Classics. Additionally it sits well alongside social sciences such as Psychology and Sociology.
There is a £100 charge for attending performances throughout the 2 years of this course. Bursaries and payment plans are available.

Where next?

The study of Drama and Theatre Studies at A level can help students with a variety of skills as well as develop their creative career aspirations.  Students who study this course will enhance their skills in creative thinking, teamwork, analysis, presentation skills, planning etc.  The course support students wishing to improve their communication skills in both verbal and written forms. Students can progress from this course in to a number of career areas either by further study or by direct entry to the job market. The skills you gain while studying a performing arts degree are valued by all types of employers, for example confidence, self-presentation, teamwork and collaboration, ability to experiment with different ideas and learning from feedback. Examples of related roles that students may pursue could include Actor, Stage Manager, Arts Administrator, Dramatherapist and Television Production Assistant. Useful websites to research careers and wider progression options could include Creative Skill Set, All About Careers and The Apprenticeship Guide and Equity (career factsheets).

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