Drama and Theatre Studies


How long does it last? Two years
Course Code: 7261
Exam Board: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/a-level/drama-and-theatre-7261

Students who take this course:
This option is only available to students who are gifted performers with a passion for drama. Students must be prepared to attend rehearsals out of school hours, particularly just before units are performed. Students will be required to work extremely hard over the two year course, both independently and with direction from the teacher in order to gain the qualification.

Course Description:
This qualification is linear. Linear means that students undertake all non-exam assessment (NEA) in the certification year and sit the written exam at the end of the course.

Subject content:
The subject content details the knowledge, understanding and skills that students are expected to develop throughout the course of study. The subject content for A-level Drama and Theatre is divided into three components:

  1. Drama and theatre
  2. Creating original drama
  3. Making theatre

Guidance is also provided on the theatrical skills students will need to work on. In the practical components students may specialise in performing, lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets and/or directing.

Assessments: The subject content details the knowledge, understanding and skills that students are expected to develop throughout the course of study. The subject content for A-level Drama and Theatre is divided into three components:

Component 1: Drama and theatre

What’s assessed:
Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre;
Study of two set plays, one chosen from List A, one chosen from List B;
Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers 

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

Written exam – 3 hours
Open book
80 marks
40% of A Level

Component 2: Creating original drama (practical)

What’s assessed:
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

Working notebook (40 marks)
Devised performance (20 marks)
60 marks in total
30% of A Level

This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.

Component 3: Making theatre (practical)

What’s assessed:
Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts (Extract 1, 2 and 3) 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

Performance of Extract 3 (40 marks)
Reflective report (20 marks)
60 marks in total
30% of A Level

This component is marked by AQA.