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Drama & Theatre Studies Edexcel AS Level at Littleover Community School

Course description

Qualities Required:

  • A genuine interest in, and enthusiasm for, theatre in all its apects.
  • The willingness to be part of a team and the ability to communicate and share ideas.
  • A commitment to the course which includes giving up time for rehearsals and theatre trips when required; this may well involve some evenings and weekends.
  • A high degree of self-motivation and a strong desire to succeed.


Course content

Component 1: Exploration and Performance

Content overview:

  • A group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a performance text and
  • informed by the methodology of one influential practitioner.
  • A monologue or duologue performance/design realisation from one key extract from a
  • different performance text.
  • Centre choice of performance texts and extracts.
  • Performer and designer routes available.


Component 2: Theatre Makers in Practice

Content overview:

  • Practical exploration and study of a complete performance text.
  • Choice of six performance texts.
  • Live theatre evaluation – choice of performance.


Entry requirements

Littleover Community School Sixth Form specialises in AS and A2 Level Courses - we do not offer any alternative/vocational courses. Regardless of which 'wave' of the ongoing A Level reforms each subject is in, we will expect all students to sit AS examinations at the end of Year 12 and A2 examinations at the end of Year 13.

We therefore expect all students to enrol to study 4 AS Levels in Year 12. Most students will then drop one subject at the end of Year 12 having completed the AS Level qualification, continuing with the other 3 to A2 level.

The minimum entry criteria for Littleover Community School Sixth Form is 5 A*-C/9-5 grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who achieve a grade 4 in Maths or English Language will be considered on an individual basis. However, the vast majority of our students will achieve 8 or more A*-C/9-5 grades with A*-8/9-6 in the subjects they wish to study at A Level. If students plan to study subjects that they have not studied at GCSE level we will expect A*-B/9-6 in subjects that have a similar skills set. 

Specific entry requirements:

GCSE graded A"-B in Drama (Students with relevant practical experience and strong performance in GCSE English would also be considered).


Component 1: Exploration and Performance

  • Coursework
  • 60% of the qualification
  • 96 marks

Assessment overview:

  • Internally assessed and externally moderated.
  • There are three parts to the assessment:
  1. a portfolio (48 marks
  2.  the group performance/design realisation (32 marks).
  3. a monologue or duologue performance/design realisation (16 marks).

The portfolio submission recommendations are:

  • it can be handwritten/typed evidence between 2000–2500 words or
  • it can be recorded/verbal evidence between 10–12 minutes or
  • it can be a combination of handwritten/typed evidence (between 1000–1250 words) and recorded/verbal evidence (between 5–6 minutes).


Component 2: Theatre Makers in Practice

  • Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 40% of the qualification
  • 48 marks

Assessment overview:

Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation

  • 16 marks
  • Students answer one extended response question from a choice of two requiring them to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen.
  • Students are allowed to bring in theatre evaluation notes of up to a maximum of 500 words.

Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text

  • 32 marks
  • Students answer two extended response questions on how they might interpret and realise an extract in performance. It will be an unseen extract from their chosen text.
  • Students answer from the perspective of a performer and a designer.
  • Performance texts are not allowed in the examination as extracts will be provided.

Financial information

  • The syllabus requirements mean that students must see live theatre.
  • This has obvious financial implications which students (and parents) need to be aware of. 

Future opportunities

Not only does this course prepare a foundation for those students wishing to continue their studies in Drama, Theatre or the Performing Arts but also provides excellent preparation for all higher education and the world of work in general.

  • It equips individuals with organisational, communication, and management skills.
  • Role-play and improvisation are playing an increasingly important part in professional training of all kinds.
  • Successful students present as articulate, confident, and thoughtful young people.
  • "50% of employers believe teenagers need better communication, team-working and problem solving abilities...". These are skills students learn in the A Level Drama classroom.
  • It is also valuable for those considering medicine or law.

CBI/Pertemps Employment Trends Survey 2005.

Further information

NB - Students who wish to just complete Drama to AS level will need to inform their teacher in February of Year 12 so that they can be prepared properly for the AS examinations. 

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Drama and Theatre consists of one coursework component and one externally-examined paper. Students must complete all assessment by May/June in any single year

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Littleover Community School directly.

Last updated date: 08 November 2016

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    • Welcome to Littleover Community School Sixth Form and thank you for visiting our website. The Sixth Form was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in both of their most recent inspections when it was part of the highly successful Millennium Centre Post 16 Partnership along with Derby Moor Community Sports College.

      In September 2013 this partnership came to an end to enable Littleover Community School to deliver its own sixth form courses independently. This coincided with the opening of a brand new, purpose built sixth form centre. We have a reputation for academic excellence with students performing considerably higher than national averages year after year.

      Approximately 95% of our students go on to study at university having completed a range of AS and A level subjects. While we are proud of our high academic standards, we also recognise the importance of providing students with an enjoyable and enriching experience throughout their time in the Sixth Form.  We offer a wide range of enrichment sessions in addition to a detailed tutorial programme designed to broaden the experiences of students, develop students as well rounded individuals and prepare them thoroughly for life at university and beyond.

      For more information about the Sixth Form and what we offer please look at our current prospectus.