Drama & Theatre Studies

Minimum Entry Criteria

Guarantees a place on the course: 7 in Drama or 7 in English Literature if Drama has not been studied

May be accepted on the course: 6 in Drama or 6 in English Literature if Drama has not been studied

Board

AQA

Outline of the Course

  • Unit 1: Drama and theatre
  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
  • Study of two set plays, one chosen from List A (drama through the ages), one chosen from List B (20th and 21st century drama)
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre performances
  • Unit 2: Creating original drama (practical) – Completed in Year 12
  • Process of creating devised drama
  • Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer, designer or director)
  • Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner
  • This unit is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.
  • Unit 3: Making theatre (practical) – Completed in Year 13
  • Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts, each taken from a different play.
  • Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to Extract 3. Extract 3 is to be performed as a final assessed piece (students may contribute as performer, designer or director)
  • Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts. This unit is marked by AQA.

Assessment

 

Type of Assessment

Duration

Weighting

1

Written Examination – Section A: one question (from a choice) on one of the set plays from List A (25 marks). Section B: one two part question on a given extract from one of the set plays from List B (25 marks). Section C: one question on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (30 marks)

3 hours

40%
(80 marks)

2

Creating original drama (practical)
How it's assessed: Working notebook (40 marks) and Devised performance (20 marks)

 

30%
(60 marks)

3

Making theatre (practical)
How it's assessed: Performance of Extract 3 (40 marks) and Reflective report (20 marks)

 

30%
(60 marks)

 

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