Drama and Theatre Studies A Level

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Code HGS7
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Not Set
Course type Full Time


Drama & Theatre Studies

Examining Board: EDEXCEL Subject Leader: Mrs Rogers

Co-delivered by Harvey Grammar and Folkestone School for Girls


Course Content:

This course encourages students to develop their creativity, communication skills, confidence and team work, alongside developing a variety of dramatic and theatrical skills - including performing, directing and critical evaluation; as well as an understanding and appreciation of drama and theatre in a social, cultural and historical context.

Aims of the course are to encourage students to:

-develop interest and enjoyment in drama and theatre both as participants and as informed members of an audience, fostering an enthusiasm for and critical appreciation of the subject

-develop understanding and appreciation of the significance of social, cultural and historical influences on the development of drama and theatre

-experience a range of opportunities to develop a variety of dramatic and theatrical skills, enabling growth creatively and imaginatively in both devised and scripted work

-integrate theory and practice through understanding of critical concepts and the discriminating use of specialist terminology.

Component 1 – Devising (40%)

In this unit you will create an original piece of theatre using text as a stimulus and keep a devising log to map your progress.

Component 2 – Text in Performance (20%)

In this unit you will perform extracts from a set text as a group, and a monologue from a different text. A minimum requirement of two plays will have to be studied. At least one of the plays must be studied in the light of a recognised influential practitioner. This might be an individual who has made a unique contribution to theatre practice, eg Artaud, Boal, Brecht, Craig, Grotowski, Stanislavsky, or a theatre company that has developed a specific style, eg complicite, Knee High, DV8, Moscow Arts Theatre.

Component 3 – Theatre Makers in Practice (40%)

You will explore a set text, focusing on how it could be performed, from page to stage. In this unit you will also study and evaluate a live piece of theatre, and as a director consider how to stage another set text.


All Drama students will be required to attend evening theatre trips and partake in evening performance work.


How will it be delivered?


Component 1 – Internally assessed, Devising log will be externally moderated.

Component 2 – Externally assessed by visiting examiner

Component 3 – Written exam.

All Drama students will be required to attend evening theatre trips and partake in evening performance work.

Entry requirements

Drama & theatre Studies

Entry Criteria: GCSE grade 6 in Drama or GCSE grade 6 in English (Language or Literature)

Plus:  GCSE grade 5 in English (Language or Literature) and GCSE grade 5 in Mathematics

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