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Drama & Theatre Studies at Ashmole Academy

Course description

Students will learn how to use their knowledge and understanding of theatrical forms to explore and perform plays. They will learn how plays relate to the contexts in which they are created and performed. Students will study the ways in which plays are interpreted by different directors, designers, performers and audiences. They will need to acknowledge that drama and theatre texts have a range of intentions and meanings. A range of plays will be studied for both practical examination purposes and for the written examination. This will include an in depth study of the texts explored from the point of view of a director and will require research into the production, its history and influences.

As part of the A Level course students will be required to create an original play from the stimulus provided, using the devising process and the appropriate theatrical terms. They will need to reflect upon this process and describe their experiences. Students will be given the opportunity to visit the theatre over the two years of the course and are encouraged to see a variety of Drama in performance. They must reflect upon this, analysing the success of the performance for its target audience.

Course content

The Eduqas course allows us to put an emphasis on Drama as a practical, intellectual and artistic subject with practical exploration of social, cultural and historical context. We promote the constructing of Drama as a means of enquiry and communication and to encourage critical analysis through the making of informed judgments as part of the drama process. Reflective practice is at the heart of the skills so that personal experience, knowledge and skills used in the creating and exportation of Drama is integrated to develop a deeper understanding of subject.


Component 1:

Theatre Workshop Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated. 20% of qualification.

Component 2:

Text in Action Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner.

40% of qualification.

Component 3:

Text in Performance Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes.

40% of qualification.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashmole Academy directly.

Last updated date: 28 February 2018