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Drama & Theatre Studies AS & A Level at Barking Abbey School

Course description

AS Level

  • Unit 1: Exploration of Drama and Theatre 
    Two plays will be studied and assessed by - Textual Study, Research and Practical sessions
  • Unit 2: Theatre Text in Performance
    Section A - Presentation of monologue or duologue to a visiting examiner – 50%
    Section B - Contribution as performer to a group performance of a published play to a visiting examiner – 50%
    Unit 2 is worth 60% of your AS Grade (30% of total A Level)

A Level

  • Unit 3 – Exploration of Dramatic Performance
    This Unit requires the creation of a unique and original piece of theatre. Students are assessed on both the process and the finished product which will be performed to an invited audience.
    Unit 3 is worth 40% of your A2 Grade (20% of the total A Level)
  • Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context
    This externally examined written Unit requires the detailed study of one set play text and two prescribed historical periods of theatrical development. A Shakespeare play is also seen and evaluated with reference to Original Performance Conditions
    Unit 4 is worth 60% of the A2 Grade (30% of the total A Level)

Entry requirements

  • GCSE Drama Grade B or above
  • GCSE English Language Grade B or above


Unit 1

  • Practical assessment
    Textual study, Research, Practical sessions – 42%
  • A set of exploration notes 
    Maximum 3,000 words – Exploration notes – maximum 3,000 words – 33%
  • A written evaluation of a Live Theatre Performance 
    Maximum 1,000 words – 25%

Unit 3
Assessment of:

  • Research and Development of work50% 
  • Final Performance25% 
  • Evaluation25% 

Unit 4

Assessment: 2.5 hour written paper in three sections.

Financial information

  • Students will be expected to participate in organised theatre trips and educational visits to enhance their understanding of live theatre and develop their knowledge of theatre history and conventions.
  • There will be an initial fee paid in the Autumn Term of Year 12 to cover the cost of theatre trips throughout the course

Future opportunities

“A” Level Drama and Theatre Studies is an excellent basis for further education in the Arts. It is also beneficial for future careers in fields such as the Media, Public Relations and any occupation that involves working as part of a team, or interaction with the public.

Performing Arts, Media, Public Relations Any career which involves teamwork or interaction with the public.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 October 2016
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