Drama and Theatre Studies

AS and A2 LEVEL (EDEXCEL)

What skills and previous experience will I need?

A minimum of Grade C at GCSE Drama is essential. It is important that students are interested in gaining a greater understanding of how theatre and plays work and that you are keen to be involved with performances. You must also be prepared to study the theory behind plays as the course is Drama and Theatre Studies. You will need to be a team player who is confident in voicing their ideas and demonstrating their practical skills.

What will I study?

The course offers students opportunities to extend their ability to create Drama and Theatre, through practical exploration and analysis of a variety of play texts and playwrights. Students will learn how to shape dramatic material, how to communicate through space, language, gesture and the use of symbols. Throughout the course the students will be encouraged to acquire the skills of analysis and evaluation to write about drama, appraising both their own work and the work of others. All aspects of Drama and Theatre will be approached from viewpoints of director, actor, designer and playwright. The course will involve taking part in drama productions and students will be provided with opportunities to attend live theatrical performances and in-school workshops. Students are expected to attend a minimum of one performance as part of the course and participate in after school rehearsals in the lead up to the practical exams.

The AS course has one coursework unit (40%) and two performance exams (60%).

The A2 course has one performance/ coursework unit (40%) and a final written exam (60%).

The current Edexcel AS/A2 course finishes in the summer 2017. New students starting AS in September 2016 will be following a new examination board - details to be confirmed.

For more information speak to Mrs Welch, Mrs Noble or Ms Calladine.