Drama and Theatre Studies

Course specification: EDEXCEL: A Level 9DR01

Sixth Form DramaContent of AS Level

Component 1 Devising 40% Content overview

  • Devise an original performance piece
  • Use one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli
  • Centre choice of text and practitioner
  • Performer or designer routes available

Assessment overview

  • Internally assessed and externally moderated
  • There are two parts to the assessment:
    1. A portfolio - 60 marks - The portfolio can be handwritten/typed evidence between 2500–3000 words or recorded/verbal evidence between 12–14 minutes or can be a combination of handwritten/typed evidence and recorded/verbal evidence
    2. The devised performance/design realisation - 20 marks

Component 2 Text in Performance 20%

Content overview

  • A group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a performance text
  • A monologue or duologue performance/design realisation from one key extract from a different performance text
  • Centre choice of performance texts

Assessment overview

  • Externally assessed by a visiting examiner
  • Group performance/design realisation: worth 36 marks
  • Monologue or duologue/design realisation: worth 24 marks

Component 3 Theatre Makers in Practice 40%

Content overview

  • Live theatre evaluation – choice of performance
  • Practical exploration and study of a complete text – focusing on how this can be realised for performance
  • 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

Assessment overview

  • Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation - 20 marks
  • Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text - 36 marks
  • Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text - 24 marks

Key skills

  • Performance skills
  • Creativity & imagination
  • Communication
  • Project & time management
  • Research
  • Analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Evaluation
  • Problem solving
  • Working with others
  • Independent learning

Enrichment opportunities

  • Workshops with professional theatre companies
  • Audition coaching
  • Working with local community groups
  • Theatre visits
  • School productions

Higher Education and career prospects

As well as preparing students who wish to apply to the more traditional acting and drama schools, the course is also useful for other career paths. Old and new universities offer Theatre and Drama degrees as single honours or combined courses. Some institutions offer Creative or Performance Arts degrees where Theatre can be combined with other arts subjects such as Film, Music, Dance, Art, Design and Photography.

Students have also followed careers into stage management, theatre administration and theatre production. Drama and Theatre skills can be used in education careers, therapy, community work and in the expanding leisure and media industries.

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