Drama & Theatre Studies (A-Level)

Drama & Theatre Studies (A-Level)

Advanced Level Qualification

Sixth Form Overview

Students aged 17-18 years old

Course Outline

The core skills being developed in this qualification are the ability to recognise and understand the interrelationship between performer, designer and director as well as the understanding that texts and extracts studied may represent a range of social, historical and cultural contexts. Students will learn how to analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others as well as develop an understanding of how performance texts can be interpreted and performed.

  • 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.
  • A group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a performance text.
  • A monologue or duologue performance/design realisation from one key extract.
  • Centre choice of performance texts.
  • Live theatre evaluation choice of performance.
  • Practical exploration and study of a complete performance text.
  • Practical exploration and interpretation of another complete performance text, in light of a chosen theatre practitioner.
Assessment Criteria
  • Nonexamination assessment
  • 40% of the qualification
  • Internally assessed and externally moderated

There are two parts to the assessment: 

  1. A portfolio
  2. The devised performance/ design realisation
  • Nonexamination assessment
  • 20% of the qualification
  • Externally assessed by a visiting examiner 
  • Group performance/design realisation.
  • Monologue or duologue/design realisation.
  • Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 40% of the qualification
  • Section A – Live Theatre Evaluation: Students answer one extended response question from a choice of two requiring them to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen in light of a given statement.
  • Section B – Page to Stage, Realising a Performance Text: Students answer two extended response questions based on an unseen extract from the performance text they have studied.
  • Section C – Interpreting a Performance Text: Students will answer one extended response question from a choice of two based on an unseen named section from their chosen performance text.
  • Exam Board Edexcel
  • Course Code 9DR0
  • AS Available Yes
  • Entry Requirements Grade 6 in GCSE Drama
  • Exam Papers 1
  • Course Work No
  • Prior Study Optional

Course Progression

Worthwhile combinations with AS Drama & Theatre Studies are English Literature, Media Studies, Art & Design or other Social Sciences.

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