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A Level Drama

Head of Department: Miss J. Warburton

Examination Board: Edexcel

Specification Code: 9DR0

Course Entry Requirement: GCSE English Literature grade 6


This exciting course integrates both practical and academic study of plays, practitioners, and the theatre making process.  The course is comprised of three components and aims to develop and assess students’ knowledge of theatre; contemporary, classical and other.  The course has been designed to enable students to understand the demands of performance values in theatre, looking at the roles of performers, designers and directors, and utilise them with knowledge to take the subject on to further education.  

Course Assessment:

Component 1: Devising 40%: Internally assessed, and externally moderated (80 Marks).

Component 2: Text in Performance 20%: Externally assessed (60 Marks).

Component 3: Theatre Making in Practice 40%: Written examination (80 Marks). 

Component Overview:

Component 1: Devising - Devise an original performance piece. Students use one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli. There are two parts to the assessment:

1) A portfolio (60marks) The portfolio submission recommendations are:

- Can be handwritten/typed evidence between 2500–3000 words or recorded/verbal evidence between 12–14 minutes or

- Can be a combination of handwritten/typed evidence (between 1250–1500 words) and recorded/verbal evidence (between 6–7 minutes).

2) The devised performance/design realisation (20 marks). This will be to a live audience set up and designed for an intended audience. 

Component 2: Text in Performance: The classroom teacher will make an informed choice of performance texts.

Students will do:

  • A group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a performance text (36 Marks).

  • A monologue or duologue performance/design realisation from one key extract from a different performance text (24 Marks)

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice: This unit prepares students for a written examination: (2 hours 30 minutes). The component must allow pupils to experience: This unit has prescribed texts set by the Board. 

Exam overview

Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation (20 Marks)

  • Students answer one extended response question from a choice of two requiring them to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen.

  • Students are allowed to bring in theatre evaluation notes of up to a maximum of 500 words.

Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text (36 Marks)

  • Students answer two extended response questions based on an unseen extract from the performance text they have studied.  They will demonstrate how they, as theatre makers, intend to realise the extract in performance and answer from the perspective of a performer and a designer.

Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text (24 Marks)

  • Students will answer one extended response question from a choice of two using their chosen text and will demonstrate how their re-imagined production concept will communicate ideas to a contemporary audience.

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