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A Level Drama and Theatre (Edexcel)

What will I learn ? How will I be taught & assessed ?


Drama and Theatre Studies is a practical, intellectual and artistic subject. You Lessons are a combination of practical learning supported by the classroom-
will be expected to explore the structural elements of theatre from the page based theory needed to understand the work being studied. Learning takes
to the stage. In order to be successful and enjoy this subject, you will need to place through the following: practical workshops, researching background
have a keen interest in the history of drama and study the practitioners, material on a playwright, written research (social/cultural/historical),
theatrical forms and conventions that make theatre such a compelling and rehearsal of a production, participating in improvisation, devised work and
exciting subject. You must be able to analyse and critically deconstruct the class discussion. These methods increase understanding of the subject and
work you study, create and witness. provide more detail and substance to the students work.
AS Level A Level
During the course you will study a minimum of two full play texts from a list
Component 1 Exploration and Performance portfolio Devising portfolio and devised perfor-
provided by the examination board, and a minimum of three key extracts and 2 performances (60%) mance (40%)
from three different play texts. You will also study a minimum of two Component 2 Theatre Makers in Practice written Text in Performancegroup perfor-
influential practitioners and demonstrate your understanding through both examination (40%) mance & monologue/duologue (20%)

practical and written work. Component 3 N/A Theatre Makers in Practice written
examination (40%)

What are the entry requirements? What can I do next ?


A minimum of a B grade in GCSE Drama is usually required. If GCSE Drama The course can lead you to studying drama at university, drama school or a
was not studied, then an aptitude for, and keen interest in, drama and perfor- Performing Arts course at the end of your A Levels.
mance, and /or performance experience, is an advantage. Many students go on to study Drama and Theatre /Performing Arts at a higher
level and then progress to working in theatre, television, film and video. Other
A strong commitment to the independent study of drama and theatre is es- areas where Drama and Theatre A Level is invaluable include the journalistic,
sential. teaching and legal professions. Careers in media, marketing, advertising and
You must be prepared to put in the extra time that is required, outside of social work also benefit from the skills developed during the A Level Drama
class, for rehearsals when in productions. There is a large workload so you and Theatre course.
need to be very organised and have an extremely dedicated and conscientious
approach, in order to be successful in both your practical and written work. When students study Drama and Theatre at A Level, they acquire highly
You will be expected to attend many theatre trips as part of the course. Re- desirable skills in articulating thoughts, exploring ideas, sharpening
search, essay writing and rehearsals are all integral to the course. communication skills and providing the ability to work within a group
situation, both in a practical and academic setting.