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Drama & Theatre Studies

This draft qualification has not yet been accredited by Ofqual. It is published to enable the school to have early sight of our proposed approach to the new A-level Drama and Theatre. Further changes may be required in time for first teaching in September 2016 and first award in August 2018.

AS will be decoupled from A-level AS results will no longer count towards the final A-level grades. AS and A-levels will be co-teachable We’ve ensured our new AS and A-level specifications are coteachable, which means that we can teach a mixed class of AS and A-level students together in year one (year 12).

The subject content for A-level Drama and Theatre is divided into three components:

  • Drama and theatre
  • Creating original drama
  • Making theatre

In the practical components students may specialise in performing, lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets and/or directing.

AS – Stand Alone Qualification

Component 1: Interpreting drama

What’s assessed

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
  • Study of one set play from a choice of seven
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Component 2: Process and performance (practical)

What’s assessed

  • Practical exploration and theatrical interpretation of two extracts (Extract 1 and 2) each taken from a different play
  • Portfolio evidencing interpretive process and analysis and evaluation of performance

How it’s assessed

  • Performance of Extract 2 (30 marks)
  • Portfolio (30 marks)

A Level – 2 Year qualification

Component 1: Drama and theatre

What’s assessed

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
  • Study of two set plays,
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 3 hours

Component 2: Creating original drama

What’s assessed

  • Process of creating devised drama
  • Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer, designer or director)
  • Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner

How it’s assessed

  • Working notebook (40 marks)
  • Devised performance (20 marks)

Component 3: Making theatre (practical)

What’s assessed

  • Practical exploration and interpretation of Extract (students may contribute as performer, designer or director)
  • Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretationof all three extracts

How it’s assessed

  • Performance of Extract 3 (40 marks)
  • Reflective report (20 marks)

Course Costs

In order to cover the cost of the study booklets, trips and workshops we ask for a contribution of approximately £80 for each year of the course.