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Drama at Sir John Nelthorpe School (Brigg Sixth Form)

Course description

The AS course comprises two units:

Unit 1: Exploration of Drama and Theatre

This unit will introduce you to the content of two contrasting texts written for the theatre. You will learn how to analyse plays in a variety of ways so that you become familiar with the way written plays can be interpreted for realisation in performance. You will also watch a live theatrical

performance and write a review.

40% of the AS Level—20% of the A Level

Unit 2: Theatre Text in Performance

This unit gives you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and understanding gained in unit 1. You will perform a monologue or duologue and a group presentation of written texts by an

established playwright.

60% of the AS Level - 30% of the A Level

Drama and Theatre Studies focuses on the

practical and theoretical mechanics of drama and theatre.

The course is examined by the Edexcel Examination Board.

AS Level takes one year to complete further A Level (A2) takes a year.

The A Level course continues with a further two units:

Unit 3: Exploration of Dramatic Performance

In this unit, you make up a piece of original drama for presentation to an audience. You will keep a written record which is marked and sent to an external moderator with a video of your

performance. A final written evaluation after the performance completes the unit.

20% of the A Level

Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context

In the first section of this unit, you will study one set text from the following list :

Lysistrata by Aristophanes


Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe


Woyzceck by Georg Buchner

In the second section of this unit, you will study a play from one of the following periods of history and compare modern theatre approaches and conditions with those of the given period.

525 BC - AD 65 ; 1564 – 1720; 1828—1914

30% of the A Level

Entry requirements

It is useful to have taken Drama or Expressive Arts at GCSE but not essential. As there is a fair amount of analysis and academic study, It is necessary to have gained a Grade C in English Language. However, each application is considered on its own merits.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Nelthorpe School (Brigg Sixth Form) directly.

Last updated date: 17 June 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years