Drama & Theatre

At a glance

Course Title

                      Drama & Theatre

Entry Requirement

                      Level 5 in GCSE Drama

Exam Board

                      Edexcel


Why study Drama & Theatre Studies?

The A level in Drama and Theatre follows the direct progression from GCSE Drama and allows you to further develop your knowledge and skills within theatrical performance and production.  You will develop a range of theatre making skills and will have opportunities to make theatre from both published text and through means of devising. You will develop an understanding and appreciation of how the social, cultural and historical contexts of performance texts have influenced the development of drama and theatre. The course will involve both practical workshops and theoretical lessons.

Course content

Component 1: Devising (40%)

You will devise an original performance piece using one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli. This will be assessed by your teacher and externally moderated. You will complete a portfolio  which can be 2500–3000 written words or recorded/verbal evidence between 12–14 minutes or a combination.

Component 2: Text in Performance Coursework (20%)

A group performance of one key extract from a performance text and a monologue or duologue performance/ design realisation from one key extract from a different performance text. This will be externally assessed by a visiting examiner.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (40%)

Written examination: Section A is a live theatre evaluation – choice of performance. Section B focuses on the practical exploration and study of a complete play text – focusing on how this can be realised for performance. Section C focuses on practical exploration and interpretation of another complete performance text, in light of a chosen practitioner – focusing on how this text could be reimagined for a contemporary audience.