Drama and Theatre Studies

Exam Board

  • Edexcel

This new syllabus will engage students through encouraging creativity, focusing on practical work which reflects twenty-first century theatre practice and developing skills that will support progression to further study of drama and a wide range of other subjects.

Course Content

Edexcel A Level Drama and Theatre Studies consists of two coursework components and one externally examined paper.

Component 1: Devising (40% 80 marks)

  • Devise an original performance piece.
  • Use one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as a stimuli
  • A written portfolio submission of between 2500–3000 words which documents the devising process.
  • Centre choice of text and practitioner.
  • Internally assessed and externally moderated

Component 2: Text in Performance (20% 60 marks)

  • A group performance of one key extract from a performance text.
  • A monologue or duologue from one key extract from a different performance text
  • Externally assessed by a visiting examiner.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (40% 80 Marks)

Written exam (2 hours 30 minutes)

Section A- Live theatre evaluation

  • You will answer one extended response question from a choice of two. You will analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance seen.
  • You are allowed to bring in theatre evaluation notes of up to a maximum of 500 words.

Section B- Practical exploration and study of a complete play text

  • You will be focusing on how this can be realised in performance.
  • You will answer two extended response questions based on an unseen extract from the performance text studied.
  • You will demonstrate how you, as a theatre maker, intend to realise the extract in performance.

Section C – Interpreting a Performance Text

  • This is a practical exploration and interpretation of another complete performance text, in light of a chosen practitioner
  • You will be focusing on how this text could be reimagined for a contemporary audience.
  • You will answer one extended response question from a choice of two based on an unseen named section from the chosen performance text.
  • You will outline how the work of the chosen theatre practitioner has influenced your overall production concept and demonstrate an awareness of the performance text in its original performance conditions.

Entry Requirements

There are no prior learning or other requirements for this qualification. Students who would benefit most from studying this qualification are likely to have a Level 2 qualification such as a GCSE in Drama.

Progression Routes and Careers

Students can progress from this qualification to:

  • Drama schools, university courses that relate directly to drama and theatre.
  • University courses that will benefit from the skills acquired from this A Level for example are law, human resources and people management.
  • Employment where people skills are essential, for example management, retail, nursing, industry and business environments.
  • Employment where time management, confidence, the ability to work collaboratively and to meet deadlines are desirable.