Drama and Theatre Studies A Level

Departmental contact

Miss Arliss – arliss.a@myton.co.uk

Examining board & Qualification

Edexel – A LEVEL

Entry requirements

At least a grade 5 in GCSE Drama and a 5 in English

Students say

“The course has allowed me to grow as an analytical and creative person.”

“I have really enjoyed working closely with students and teachers to create some outstanding work.”

“I feel so much more confident about expressing myself in all aspects of my life.”

WHY STUDY THIS SUBJECT?

The course is a highly regarded qualification that offers a balance between the academic study of performance texts and the opportunity to present creative responses to a range of different plays for an audience.

WHAT SKILLS WILL I DEVELOP?

We will look at a devised unit, a monologue/duologue performance, a group performance, textual analysis of two different plays and a final written exam which looks at the original performance concepts of a Greek play and a live performance review of a text from another time period.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Performance text:

  • Equus – Peter Shaffer
  • Lysistrata – Aristophanes
  • Monsters – Niklas Radstrom

Performance opportunities (subject to change and tailored to you):

  • Pool (No Water) – Mark Ravenhill
  • Spring Awakening – Anya Reiss
  • Attempts on her Life – Martin Crimp
  • Swallow – Stef Smith
  • Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. – Alice Birch
  • The Pillow Man – Martin McDonagh

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Component 1
Devising (*Component Code: 9DR0/01), Performance and SWED document, 40% of the qualification (80 marks)

Component 2
Text in Performance (*Component Code: 9DR0/02), Group piece plus a monologue or duologue, 20% of the qualification (60 marks)

Component 3
Theatre Makers in Practice (*Paper Code: 9DR0/03),Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of the qualification (80 marks)

WHAT ARE MY POST-18 OPTIONS?

Drama and Theatre Studies is a highly acceptable course for university courses and is desired by Drama Schools.

WHAT EXTRA-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE?

All extra-curricular activities are open to everyone at Myton.

There is an opportunity to form a sixth form drama group with associated performance opportunities.
Sixth form performance evenings and showcases.

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