Drama & Theatre Studies

Contact Teacher: Mrs N Furnell, Drama Team Leader

Exam Board: EDEXCEL

Why study Drama and Theatre Studies?

Drama and Theatre Studies will offer you a varied and engaging study of the world of the theatre. It is a challenging, exciting and hugely rewarding course. You will gain a critical knowledge and understanding of Drama from its origins to the present day. You will perform in productions and participate in workshops as well as undertaking written exam work and coursework. The focus at all times will be on depth and quality within the work. This comes from the complete integration of reflection within the practice of creative Drama.

Course details

Component 1
Devising
This unit requires the creation of a unique and original piece of theatre. You will be assessed on both the process of creation and the finished product in the form of a performance to an invited audience.

Component 2
Text in performance
You will be required to perform either a monologue or duologue and contribute to a performance of a professionally published play by a known writer. Both performances will take place in front of an invited audience.

Component 3
Theatre makers in practice
This is an externally assessed written exam. You will be required to answer questions in three different sections. Section A relates to a live theatre performance that you have seen during the course. Section B and C will relate to a chosen set text and how you would interpret this play in performance.

How the course is taught and assessed

The course is both academic and practical. Plays are explored in detail and viewed in the light of theatre practitioners. Live theatre is visited at set points over the two years and is always encouraged. Practical work is integral to the course and forms a significant part of your final mark, including creating and performing a piece of your own.

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved a grade 6 or above for GCSE Drama. Students may take Drama at A-level if they have not taken it at GCSE providing that they have a grade 5 or above in both GCSE English Literature and English Language.