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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Newlands Girls' School

Course description

This Edexcel course in Drama and Theatre Studies builds confidence and fosters group co-operation. You will have an opportunity to study plays from the point of view of a director, designer, performer and critic. You will acquire a knowledge and understanding of the language of drama and theatre as well as developing your own performance and analytical skills. You will work to refine your acting skills and have the opportunity to visit a variety of theatrical productions from Shakespeare to new contemporary work.

Course content

At AS you will explore the texts of two plays practically. You will perform either a monologue or duologue and both perform in, and direct a play. You will also analyse and evaluate professional productions.
At A2 you will study a play, making decisions about its production and study the history of theatre. You will also evaluate a production of a Shakespeare play. Your practical examination will be a performance of a ‘unique and original piece of theatre’ devised by the members of a group comprising of 3 to 6 students.


Entry requirements

You need to have achieved a grade C minimum in GCSE Drama and GCSE English to be considered for this course.


For AS you will submit one unit of coursework- 3,000 words on the plays studied and a
theatre evaluation of 1000 words (40% of AS marks). Your examination is practical; a
monologue or duologue and a performance of a play (60% of AS marks).
For A2 you will devise a short dramatic piece and produce a supporting document of 3,500 words. (40% of A2 marks) You will also take a final written examination, answering questions on your set play from the perspective of a director and writing an essay comparing a contemporary Shakespeare production to original performance conditions. The examination is 2.30 hrs. long. (60% of A2 marks)


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newlands Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years