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Drama & Theatre Studies at Adeyfield School

Course description

The Drama and Theatre studies course is designed to provide a balance across a range of learning activities. It allows students to combine the activities of exploring plays, creating theatre, the analysis of theatre and critical evaluation of all of these elements. Students completing the course successfully will have a thorough understanding of drama and theatre, highly toned analytical and creative skills and an ability to communicate effectively with others.




Course content

AS Units--Year One

Unit 1 Exploration of Drama and Theatre

This unit introduces students to the content of plays written for the theatre. They will learn how to analyse plays in a variety of ways so that they become familiar with the way written plays can be interpreted for realisation in performance.


Unit 2 Theatre Text in Performance

This unit offers students the chance to demonstrate skills in a performance environment. The knowledge and understanding gained during the study of two plays in Unit 1 can now be applied with a view to delivering a performance to an audience.


A2 Units--Year Two

Unit 3 Exploration of Dramatic Performance

This unit requires the creation of a unique and original piece of theatre. The knowledge and understanding gained in the AS units can now be applied to a created production. Students will be assessed on both the process of creation and the finished product in the form of a performance to an invited audience


Unit 4 Theatre Text in Context

This externally examined written unit requires the detailed study of one set play text and one prescribed historical period of theatrical development.


Entry requirements

It is essential that you have at least a C grade in GCSE English Language. It is desirable that you have at least a C grade in GCSE Drama (or equivalent).


Unit 1 (40% AS mark, 20% A2 mark)

This internally assessed unit requires students to explore two contrasting play texts in a practical and active way. A set of Exploration Notes must be submitted. Students are also required to experience a live theatre performance and submit an evaluation

Unit 2 (60% AS mark, 30% A2 mark)

Externally assessed unit. In the first section students must prepare a monologue or duologue. The second section requires students to contribute to a performance of a professionally published play by a known writer. Students may offer either acting or a design form and must also provide a concept of the interpretation of their chosen roles or designs.

Unit 3 (20% A2 mark)

Students will be assessed on the research and development of their work as well as the final performance in front of an identified audience. They are also required to complete an evaluation on both the process and performance of their work.

Unit 4 (30% A2 mark)

This externally assessed unit takes the form of a 2-hour-and-30-minute written paper in three sections.


Future opportunities

This course allows students to study for one year and achieve an AS Level or complete the full two years and achieve an A Level. Students can use the grades achieved as points towards university entry or drama school, or alternatively, seek employment in the creative arts field of work.



How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Adeyfield School directly.

Last updated date: 31 August 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years