AS/A2 Drama and Theatre Studies 

1 year for AS. 2 years for A Level (A2).

The course follows the Edexcel specification. Further details are available from the Edexcel website

Entry Requirements/Student Suitability:
Students are required to reach the Wadebridge Sixth Form Level 3 entry criteria. In addition, this course is ideal for those students who have successfully studied GCSE Drama (Grade C and above) and students who have a genuine interest in the Performing Arts.

Course Content:

AS Qualification

60% Coursework - assessed by portfolio ( written work) and 2 performances.

  • Group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a performance text and informed by the methodology of one influential practitioner.
  • A monologue or duologue performance/design realisation from one key extract from a different performance text.
40% Written exam (1 hour 45 minutes) 
  • Live theatre evaluation
  • Realising a play ( set text that will be studied) from page to stage 
A2 Qualification
    Devise an original performance piece. 
    • Use one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli. 
    • Assessed by portfolio and performance.
    Longer version of AS Written exam (2hr 30) 
    • Live theatre review 
    • Interpretation of 2 set texts (extracts reprinted in paper) 

    At times you will be expected to rehearse outside college hours for performances. You will need to do research and written assignments - these vary from week to week depending on shows and deadlines.

    For further information and exemplar question papers see the exam board website.

    Methods of Study:

    • Practical workshops
    • Rehearsals 
    • Performance in the Hall, Drama Studio or other venue
    • Individual and group research
    • Discussions and group work
    • Evidencing with written portfolios and diaries
    • Evaluation, Feedback and Assessment
    While the course is aimed at your acting skills there are many other opportunities to develop your other Performing Arts skills.  You will have the opportunity to:
    • Develop further skills by attending workshops in Dance, Circus Skills, Comedy, Improvisation, Stage Lighting and Sound.
    • Develop leadership skills by running your own workshops or other events.
    • Take part in theatre visits and workshops led by actors.
    • Take part in other events such as Showcases, Talent shows and Comedy shows.

    Independent Study Time:
    A successful Drama student will be a team player and willing to work with others. They will also be able to learn and research independently, as well as being reliable and have a good attendance rate. Most of all, a Drama student will really enjoy performing or have a keen interest in the technical aspects of theatre.

    Progression and the Future:
    The course will give you a unique insight into different career paths within the Performing Arts. Students can progress into Higher Education such as University, Drama Schools or onto a Foundation Course. Students can also progress straight into employment.

    New facilities include:

    • Newly renovated Drama Studio
    • Versatile "black box" curtains
    • Digital lighting
    • Digital sound and mixing desk
    • New projector and screen

    Students have said....

    • “You get help and support throughout the course”
    •  “You meet a lot of interesting people”
    •  “I love the opportunities for performing”

    Subject Contacts:

    Mrs K Langton 
    KS5 Co-Ordinator for English, Media and Drama

    Miss J Mason
    Subject teacher

    How to Apply:
    The Application Process begins in February of each year. Please contact
    Sarah Fisher, Sixth Form Administrator, for further information or to request an application form.

    Click here for a printable version of this subject specification.

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