AS Drama and Theatre
Component One: Exploration and Performance (60% of qualification)
Students explore an extract from a performance text in light of the work of a practitioner. They rehearse and refine their performance/design realisations for an assessed performance of this extract. They are required to record the exploration, rehearsal and creation process of this group performance in a portfolio and evaluate their contribution to it.
Students will also take part in a monologue or duologue performance of an extract from a different text. Students rehearse and refine their performance/design realisations for an assessed performance of this extract.
Participation in a group piece and a monologue or duologue piece as a designer or a performer. Individual portfolio.
Component Two: Theatre Makers in Practice (40% of qualification)
Students are audience members for a live performance. They make and refine notes on the performance. Students practically explore a chosen set text from List A, considering aspects of the performance and design of the text focusing on performance and design aspects. They practice responding to questions for both sections in examination conditions
Written examination: Section A: Live theatre evaluation (students can take in 500 words of notes). Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text.
A-level Drama and Theatre Studies
This course enables students to:
- Develop and demonstrates competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills
- Work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas
- Reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others
- Actively engage in the process of dramatic study in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with an awareness of social, historical and cultural contexts
NB. Although GCSE Drama is not a requirement it is a strong recommendation. Studying Drama at GCSE provides significant performance, group and evaluative opportunities which are all crucial components of the A – level course.
- Qualification: AS A Level (GCE)
- Examination Board: Edexcel
- Syllabus/ Specification: Drama & Theatre Studies
- Subject Code: 8DR01/DR01
- Hours per week: 6 hours
- Details: See below
Edexcel’s Drama and Theatre Studies specification is designed to provide a balance across a range of learning activities. This specification combines the activities of exploring plays, creating theatre, the performing of plays, the analysis of theatre and the critical evaluation of all of these elements. Students completing the course successfully will have a thorough understanding of drama and theatre, highly toned analytical and creative skills and an ability to communicate effectively with others.
- Text analysis
- Role play and improvisation
- Character development and exploration
- Group work
- Evaluation of a live theatre performance
- Supporting exploration notes
- Devising theatre
- Role Play and improvisation
- Group work
- Exploration of style and genre
- Experimentation with theatre practitioners
- Text analysis
- Essay writing