Drama & Theatre
The Edexcel AS and A2 Level Drama and Theatre courses focus on the practical exploration of performance texts, including exploring them in light of theatre practitioners. The performance texts that will be studied for the written exams will require students to articulate how they would perform in certain roles and interpret a text for performance, putting practical work at the heart of the course.
> AS Component 1: Exploration of Drama and Theatre
A group performance of an extract from a play and the performance of a monologue or duologue from a different text. Performances are supported with a portfolio which analyses and evaluates the process of creating and developing your own live theatrical work and the effectiveness of the outcome.
> AS Component 2: Theatre Makers in Practice
Written examination based on a live theatre performance you have seen and the practical exploration of a play.
> A2 Component 1: Devising
A devised group performance with supporting portfolio which analyses and evaluates the process of creating and developing your own live theatrical work and the effectiveness of the outcome.
> A2 Component 2: Text in Performance
A group performance of a key extract from a play you have studied and the performance of a monologue or duologue from a different text.
> A2 Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice
Written examination based on a live theatre performance you have seen and two complete plays you have studied.
A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade 5 and above, preferably and including Drama.
Students will be expected to see as much live theatre as they can. A number of theatre trips will be organised for the students and these will be an important part of the course.
Examination arrangements and weightings
AS level: Component 1 is a portfolio (30% of AS) a group performance (20%) and a monologue or duologue (10%).
Component 2 is a 1hour 45 minute written exam (40%).
A2 level: Component 1 is a devised performance (10%) with a supporting portfolio (30%).
Component 2 is a scripted group performance and a scripted monologue (20%).
Component 3 is a written exam (40%).
Students completing this course will have a thorough understanding of Drama and Theatre, highly toned analytical and creative skills and an ability to communicate effectively with others. These skills would prove beneficial in careers in the theatre as well as in other careers where communication skills are highly prized.