A Level Drama and Theatre

Please note: students in Year 12 (September 2016) will be following the new specification as outlined below and Year 13 (September 2016) will be following the legacy course outlined underneath

Pearson Edexcel (AS: 8DR0 Draft A Level 9DR0 Draft)

Who should study Drama?

This course is for those who want to develop their presence in the world through vocal and physical expression. For those who feel it’s time to synthesize their learning and make a connection between subjects.  For those who want to expand their cultural awareness by touring though the rich history of this performance tradition. For those who want to open up new dimensions and emotional experiences by developing their ability to think, empathise and communicate creatively and effectively.

The Courses

AS Drama and Theatre

Component 1: Exploration and Performance

Scripted Performance. External examiner.  60% of the AS

Group performance of one key extract from a performance text (32 marks)

Monologue or duologue performance of one key extract from a different performance text (16 marks)

Portfolio 2000-2500 words or 12 minute verbal recording (48 marks)

Component 2 : ‘Theatre Makers in Practice’

1h45m written exam. 40% of the AS

Section A (16): Live Theatre Evaluation

one question, from choice of two, on live theatre performance.

500 words of notes permitted.

Section B (32): Page to Stage - Realising a Performance Text

Two extended responses on an unseen extract from a modern play studied (list of 6 options). Perspective of performer and designer. Closed book

A Level Drama and Theatre

Component 1:  Devising

Internally assessed / externally moderated. 40% of the A-Level

Portfolio (60 marks) can be written (max 3000 words) or verbally recorded/filmed (max 14 minutes) or a combination of both.

Devised performance (20 marks) Stimuli must be one key extract from a play AND a practitioner

Component 2 : Text in Performance  

Scripted Performance. External examiner.  20% of the A-Level

Group performance of one key extract from a performance text (36 marks)

Monologue or duologue performance of one key extract from a different performance text (24 marks)

Component 3 : ‘Theatre Makers in Practice’

 2h30m written exam. 40% of the A-Level

Section A: one question, from choice of two, on live theatre performance. 500 words of notes permitted. (20 marks)

Section B: two extended responses on an unseen extract from a modern play studied (list of 6 options). Perspective of performer and designer. Closed book. (36 marks)

Section C: one extended response, from choice of two questions, re-imagining a classic text with influence of practitioner for a contemporary audience. (choice of 8 practitioners). Clean copy of text allowed. (24 marks)

Assessment

AS Drama and Theatre

Component 1: Scripted Performance. External examiner.  60% of the AS

Component 2: 1h45m written exam. 40% of the AS

A Level Drama and Theatre

Component 1: Internally assessed / externally moderated. 40% of the A-Level

Component 2: Scripted Performance. External examiner.  20% of the A-Level

Component 3:  2h30m written exam. 40% of the A-Level

Where it leads

The skills of an actor/director/devisor/performer have their own professional arena; figures published in 2015 reveal that the UK's Creative Industries are now worth £76.9 billion per year to the UK economy; however the skills you will learn are also transferrable to most professions.  What good is a doctor who cannot hold the hand or look into the eyes of their patient?  What power does a Chief executive have if they fear addressing a boardroom?  What good is a lawyer, a policeman, a teacher if they have not learnt the power of their own voice?  Some people are natural communicators but most of us have to learn how to do it.

This qualification leads to greater personal confidence and creative communication skills consistently flagged up in recent years by higher educational institutions and employers to enable students to respond with confidence to the demands of undergraduate study and the world of work.

Please note: The following course is for current (September 2015) Year 12 and Year 13 students only  

Edexcel (AS: 8DR01, A2: 9DR01) 

Who should study Drama?

This course will appeal to students who are interested in developing their performance/ design skills and their understanding of the ways in which drama has communicated to a contemporary audience throughout time.

The Course

AS Drama

Unit 1 introduces students to the content of plays written for the theatre. You will learn how to analyse plays in a variety of ways.

Assessment

This unit is internally assessed and students explore two contrasting play texts with reference to two recognised theatre practitioners and their theories.

Unit 2 offers students an opportunity to demonstrate skills in a performance environment.

Assessment: Students are required to:

  • perform a monologue or duologue to an external examiner
  • make a contribution to a full performance of a published play
  • Provide a written concept of the interpretation of their chosen roles

A2 Drama

Unit 3 requires students to create a unique and original piece of theatre.

Assessment

This unit is internally assessed and takes into consideration the research and development of the work as well as the final performance.

Unit 4 is a written unit and requires the detailed study of a chosen play text and a prescribed historical period of theatrical development.

Assessment

A 2 hour and 30 minute written examination exploring one play from the point of view of the director and evaluating a live performance of a historic play.

Where it leads

This A-level will be useful to most creative careers e.g. an actor, playwright, designer, director, teacher, journalist, advertiser, media, sales, entrepreneur, public relations, tourism, manager.