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AS and A Level Drama at Wetherby High School

Course description

Drama and Theatre Studies are to encourage students to: develop their interest and enjoyment in drama and theatre both as participants and as informed members of an audience, fostering an enthusiasm for and critical appreciation of the subject develop understanding and appreciation of the significance of social, cultural and historical influences on the development of drama and theatre experience a range of opportunities to develop a variety of dramatic and theatrical skills, enabling them to grow creatively and imaginatively in both devised and scripted work.


Course content

Unit Information – AS

Unit 1:

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:

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.


Unit Information – A2

Unit 3:

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:

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




Unit 1

Exploration of Drama and theatre 40% of AS mark/ 20% of GCE mark.

Internally assessed. Completed by May


This internally assessed unit requires students to explore two contrasting play texts, chosen by the centre, in a practical and active way. At least one of the plays must be explored in the light of a recognised theatre practitioner.

A video/DVD of one session of the practical work must be made available for use in moderation. A set of Exploration Notes must be submitted.

Students are also required to experience a live theatre performance and submit an evaluation.


Unit 2

This is an externally assessed unit. The first section requires students to offer either 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

Exploration of Dramatic Performance: 40% of total A2 mark/ 20% of GCE 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. Written evidence will be required reflecting the research and development work as well as a video/DVD of the final performance.


Unit 4

Theatre Text in Context: 60% of A2/ 30% of GCE mark

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

Sections A and B require students to explore one play, from a choice of three set play texts, from the point of view of a director in both an academic and practical way. In Section C a selection must be made of one from a choice of three historic periods of theatre history. A live performance of a play from the chosen period must be experienced and evaluated and a comparison made with the original staging conditions of the play.


How to apply

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Last updated date: 09 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: AS 1 year and A Level 2 years
  • Course code: Drama

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