Theatre, IBO Higher Level Certificate (level 3)

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code Th
Qualification Type International Baccalaureate Diploma
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This is a two year course: Higher Level is the equivalent of one A level and Standard Level is the equivalent of one half A level. This can be taken in a combination with other level 3 courses (including A level, IB and vocational).

If taken in one of the following three combinations, then students will be enrolled on the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP).

  • One vocational course + two Higher Level IB courses.
  • One vocational course + one A level + two IB courses at any level.
  • Two vocational courses + two IB courses at any level.

Completing the IBCP will allow students to gain extra UCAS points through the reflective project.


The IB Diploma Programme theatre course is a multifaceted theatre-making course of study. It gives students the opportunity to make theatre as creators, designers, directors and performers. It emphasises the importance of working both individually and collaboratively as part of an ensemble. It offers the opportunity to engage actively in the creative process, transforming ideas into action as inquisitive and productive artists.

  • Task 1: Solo theatre piece: Students research a theatre theorist they have not previously studied, identify an aspect(s) of their theory and create and present a solo theatre piece (4-8 mins) based on the aspect(s) of this theory.
  • Task 2: Director’s notebook: Students choose a published play text they have not previously studied and develop ideas regarding how it could be staged for an audience.
  • Task 3: Research presentation: Students plan and deliver an individual presentation (15 mins max) to their peers in which they outline and physically demonstrate their research into a convention of theatre tradition they have not previously studied.
  • Task 4: Collaborative project: Students collaboratively create and present an original piece of theatre (13-15 mins) for and to a specified audience, created from a starting point of their choice.

How will it be delivered?

75% external assessment

25% internal assessment

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE drama.

Your next steps...

The IBCP (International Baccalaureate Career-related Pathway) is globally recognised and accepted by universities around the world. Some competitive university courses ask for specific IB subjects to have been studied as part of the Baccalaureate programme of study. We recommend that you research current grade requirements for that subject on and filter for the International Baccalaureate.