Drama & Theatre Studies

 

Why Study Drama & Theatre?

Both AS & A2 Drama and Theatre consists of 3 components that make up the overall grade for the course.

Coursework

Exam

AS DRAMA AND THEATRE

Component 1: Exploration and Performance (Coursework, 60% of the qualification, 96 marks)

Content overview

  • A group performance of one key extract from a performance text and informed by the methodology of one influential practitioner
  • A monologue performance from one key extract from a different performance text

 Assessment overview

  • All of component 1 is internally assessed and externally moderated
  • There are three parts to the assessment:

1) a portfolio (48 marks)

2) the group performance (32 marks)

3) a monologue performance (16 marks)

 

Component 2: Theatre Makers in Practice (Written: 1 hour 45 minutes, 40% of the qualification, 48 marks)

 

Content overview

  • Practical exploration and study of a complete performance text. Choice of six performance texts (by exam board)

Assessment overview

  • All of component 2 is externally marked
  • There are two parts to the assessment:

1.Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation (16 marks)

2.Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text (32 marks)

A2 DRAMA AND THEATRE

Component 1: Devising (Coursework, 40% of the qualification, 80 marks)

 Content overview

  • Devise an original performance piece (use one key extract from a text and a theatre practitioner as a stimuli)

Assessment overview

  • All of component 1 is internally assessed and externally moderated
  • There are two parts to the assessment:

1) a portfolio (60 marks)

2) the devised performance (20 marks)

 

Component 2: Text in performance (Coursework, 20% of the qualification, 60 marks)

Content overview

  • A group performance of one key extract from a performance text
  • A monologue performance from one key extract from a different performance text

Assessment overview

All of component 2 is externally assessed by a visiting examiner.

  • There are two parts to the assessment:

1) the group performance (36 marks)

2) a monologue performance (24 marks)

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (Written: 2 hour 30 minutes, 40% of the qualification, 80 marks)

 

Content overview

  • Live theatre evaluation
  • Practical exploration and study of a complete performance text
  • Practical exploration and study of another complete performance text, in light of a chosen practitioner

Assessment overview

  • There are three parts to the assessment:

1.Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation (20 marks)

2.Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text (30 marks)

3.Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text (24 marks)

 

What do I need to start the course?

Students need to have at least a B in GCSE Drama and at least two B’s in GCSE English and English Literature.

 

Why study Drama & Theatre Studies?

The course is designed for students who are interested in the following:

  • Watching live theatre
  • Studying play scripts
  • Enjoy performing, devising and Directing
  • Analysing performance from the point of view of the director, producer and actor
  • Studying a range or performance styles, techniques and practitioners
  • Alongside this, the course offers a range of transferable skills which can be used in a variety of other subject areas: building confidence, working with a range of people, collaboration skills, analysing literature and the study of interesting styles, genres and contexts.