Faculty: Creative Arts
Level: AS / A2
Examination Board / website: Edexcel
AS/Unit 1 Exploration of Drama and Theatre: 40% of the total AS marks: 20% of the total GCE marks. (Internally assessed)
AS/Unit 2 Theatre Text in Performance: 60% of the total AS marks. 30% of the total GCE marks (Externally assessed)
There are no written examinations for AS Unit one or two
AS/Unit 1 Exploration of Drama and Theatre: You will work practically on two contrasting plays chosen by your teacher. At least one of the plays must be explored in the light of a recognised theatre practitioner. You will also see at least one piece of live theatre performance.
AS/Unit 2 Theatre Text in Performance: There are 2 practical parts to this unit. First: requires you to perform either a monologue or duologue, or offer a design skill in support of the performance(s). Second: requires you to contribute to a performance of a professionally published play, either as a performer or designer. The work will be marked by an external examiner
AS/Unit 1 Exploration of Drama and Theatre: accompanying the practical aspects of this you will be expected to complete a set of written notes which document your personal response to the two plays. You will also complete a written evaluation of the live Theatre performance.
AS/Unit 2 Theatre Text in Performance: There will be no written coursework for this unit.
GCE Advanced Subsidiary level
Since the emphasis in most GCE Drama or GCSE Drama and Theatre Arts courses is on improvisation, devised work and/or performing, the Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Drama and Theatre Studies deliberately focuses on working with plays. In this way the Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Drama and Theatres Studies aims to bridge the gap between GCSE and full Advanced GCE by providing an opportunity to study plays from the point of view of a director, designer, performer and critic. The qualification is designed to enable students to acquire a knowledge and understanding of the language of drama and theatre as well as to develop their performing and analytical skills.
A2/Unit 3 Exploration of Dramatic Performance: 40% of the total A2 marks. 20% of the total GCE marks (internally assessed)
A2/Unit 4 Theatre Text in Context: 60% of the total A2 marks. 30% of the total GCE marks (Externally assessed)
A2/Unit 3 Exploration of Dramatic Performance: There is no written examination for this unit
A2/Unit 4 Theatre Text in Context: This unit requires you to take a two hour and thirty minute written paper over three sections. Sections A and B requires you to explore one play, from a choice of three play text, from the point of view of a director in an academic way. In section C a selection must be made of one from a choice of three historic periods of theatre history. A live performance of a play from the chosen period must be experienced and evaluated and a comparison made with the original staging conditions of the play.
A2/Unit 3 Exploration of Dramatic Performance: This unit requires the creation and unique piece of theatre. You will be assessed on the research and development of our work as well as the final performance in front of an audience.
A2/Unit 4 Theatre Text in Context: This unit requires you to explore one play, from a choice of three play text, from the point of view of a director in a practical way.
A2/Unit 3 Exploration of Dramatic Performance: Written evidence will be required which reflects the research and development work as well as our final performance.
A2/Unit 4 Theatre Text in Context: There will be no written coursework for this unit.
Course Outline: GCE Advanced Level (A2)
The full Advanced GCE in Drama and Theatres Studies aims to extend the knowledge, skills and understanding acquired in the Advance Subsidiary units by enabling students to apply what they have learned in their own creative work. In devising theatre, students alternate roles between being playwright, performer, designer and director and apply their knowledge of different theatre forms and structures gained from Advanced Subsidiary to the creation of their own work. In performing theatre, students are required to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding within the structure of a director’s interpretation of a play and to operate at a highly intellectual level as well as at a highly skilled practical level. The aim of the full Advanced GCE is to enable students to operate more autonomously and with confidence within a drama and theatre context.
Skills / Aptitudes required to be successful in this course
A good team player
An interest in theatre
An enjoyment of performing
The ability to evaluate work
Good written skills
A sense of humour
An excellent attendance record
Goes well with
Pathways – Career and /or further study possibilities, using this subject :
Many students will go on to study within higher education or find work within the Theatre Industry
For further information, please contact:
Hendon School Creative Arts Faculty