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Drama

A LEVEL (EDUQAS)

What interests should I have if I want to take this course?

If you are thinking about studying Drama and Theatre you are interested in people, culture, society, performance and creativity. You will want to perform, direct, design, write and appreciate various performances. You will be interested in developing your communication, analytical thinking, acting and design skills through this enjoyable and challenging course.

What will I learn about?

This A level course is a two year programme with assessment components in Year 13.  In Year 12 you establish a theatre company for performance work. You are assessed in three components, they are worth 20%, 40% and 40% of your final mark respectively. The course is mainly taught through exploring and testing theory in a practical manner and you will learn significant historical and contemporary drama texts, how to deconstruct live and how to create original performances.

You will be taught specific acting, directing, technical and designing skills through practical workshops as you would in any higher education courses. You will study key drama practitioners and contemporary theatre companies. This is one of the few Post 16 courses where your ideas, point of view and contribution is valued. Your input is developed into new pieces of theatre and used in critical analysis.

Component 1: Performance Workshop. 
20% of your total A level mark


Here you study one extract from a significant drama text and at least one key theatre practitioner or contemporary theatre company. You study these as if you are an actor, director or designer. Your learning is through a series of practical workshops and your assessment is an original performance that reinterprets the extract and a portfolio that shows the development of your ideas.

For the performance you work in small groups and use the text as a starting point to create your own piece of theatre in the style of a chosen practitioner or theatre company. This is supported by a portfolio that shows how your ideas have been developed, influenced and structured. This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Component 2: Text in Action. 
40% of your total A level mark.


In this component a given stimulus creates two performances. One is devised from the stimulus in the style of a chosen practitioner or theatre company. The other performance is from a chosen play that links to the stimulus, performed in a different style to the first piece. Your learning comes from a series of practical workshops and your assessment is the two performances and a report explaining your process and evaluating your performance.

The two performances are externally examined and the process and evaluation report is to be completed a week after your performance.

Component 3. Text in Performance. 
40% of your total mark.


This component teaches you how to interpret play texts in their theatrical elements and how to direct and perform them.

Here you study two set texts: One pre, and one post 1956. This is the summative component of the A level course. The set texts are answered in two sections, one section is a series of questions asking your understanding of character and design and the other section is an extended essay where you explore how you might direct elements of the play. You also study an extract from a contemporary text to show how you would stage it.  
This component is externally examined.

How will I be assessed?

GCE Drama and Theatre is taught through exploring and testing theory in a practical manner. You will be assessed through your realisation of three performances, your understanding of two set texts, as well as your analysis of live theatre. This is assessed in three components. The first is worth 20%, the second 40% and the third 40% of your final mark.

What Teaching and Learning methods will be used?

Our main teaching methods use inductive practical exploration of texts to develop independent learning and to promote curiosity in learning. This secures your learning and shows you how to problem-solve, develop creativity and build group skills. The other part of our teaching is didactic contextual study mixed with teaching sophisticated acting and directing skills. Most learning is in groups but all assessment is individual.

What can I do when I complete my qualifications?

Most students continue their studies in drama and theatre at university in the variety of courses that fuel the United Kingdom’s unique strength in the performing and creative arts. Students then go on to write, act, direct and design in this large sector of UK and international business. Some students go directly to drama school or various academic fields.  Our students are successful in these areas because we promote an ensemble approach which develops resilience, collaboration and independence.

How can I find out more information?

Should you wish to know more about this course please speak to Mr MacBride-Stewart or Mrs Foster. There are resources for this course on the school’s website for you to examine along with the Exam board ‘Eduqas’ website.