A Level Drama and Theatre Studies at Merchants’ Academy
Why should I choose Drama?
If you would like to pursue a career in theatre or television as an actor, director or playwright, this course introduces the process of performing, devising and analysing drama in more depth than BTEC/GCSE.
The GCE Drama and Theatre Studies course has 4 units; in the AS year, students are required to do
Unit 1: Exploration of Drama and Theatre and Unit 2: Theatre Text in Performance. Unit 1 involves the students producing 3000 word evaluation notes, and a 1000 word evaluation of live theatre. Unit 2 is externally assessed practical performances, with the students required to write a 500 word performance concept.
The A2 course has 2 Units: Unit 3: Exploration of Dramatic Performance – Internal assessment: Creation and performance or design of original piece of drama Unit 4: Theatre Text in Performance – External assessment: 2 ½ hour written examination on a set text and historical performance conditions.
The AS and Advanced Level GCE can lead to further study in drama, Theatre Studies and performing arts in Higher Education. It can be used alongside other A Levels to develop your communication skills or it could lead to a career in the performing arts industries.
Please direct your questions to any member of the drama department, or visit: www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce08/drama/pages/viewNoti ce.aspx?notice=2613
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Merchants’ Academy directly.