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Drama and Theatre Studies AS/A Level at Ysgol Emrys Ap Iwan

Course description

The emphasis in this course is on performance, understanding plays, and the role of the director. Students complete a variety of practical and written tasks outlined below.

Course content

Unit 1 title: Performance workshop.
Candidates will perform two drama pieces which are recorded and externally marked. One piece will be devised; the other will be a performance from a set text. Each will reflect the ideas of theatre practitioners studied throughout the course.

Unit 2 Title: Text in Performance
The unit is externally marked. Candidates will answer three questions in the exam: One pre-1900 text from a prescribed list. One post-1900 text from a prescribed list plus a live theatre review. Questions based on the candidates' ability to: interpret roles on stage, discuss atmosphere and staging potential, and to reflect on the way the play was originally performed. The live theatre review asks them to discuss a production seen and give critical opinion. Questions focus on: acting/role interpretation, stage design/concept, technical aspects including  lighting and sound.

Unit 3 title: Performance on a set theme
Candidates will need to work on a WJEC set theme and prepare two performances. They will either act or demonstrate a technical production skill with a group of performers. An evaluation of performance for both pieces is required. Performance includes: scenes/extracts from a published text and a piece devised by the group.

Unit 4 Title: Text in Context (two and a half hour written paper)
Two set texts from a prescribed list: one pre-1900 and one post 1900. This is an 'open text' examination – candidates will discuss the play as a whole, including the following aspects: theatrical context, performance history, theatrical challenges of text in terms of acting, theatrical challenges in terms of production skills and personal reaction to the text. Directorial analysis of an unseen text. There are four sections to the paper: ground plan; design/costume; lighting/sound; movement. This unit is externally marked.

Entry requirements

Prior experience is not essential, although if this is the case GCSE English is essential. Any experience or qualifications in Drama is clearly an advantage.


Unit 1 - (20%) practical performance task. Recorded and externally marked.
Unit 2 - (30%) written exam. This unit is externally marked.
Unit 3 - (30%) practical exam performance. This unit is externally marked.
Unit 4 - (20%) written exam. This unit is externally marked.

Future opportunities

This course may encourage students to continue their Drama studies in Higher Education. It can be used as part of a course to broaden your studies or may lead on to a career in the performing arts industries. Drama and Theatre Studies complements a range of subjects and is useful in building confidence and improving presentation skills in a range of careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Emrys Ap Iwan directly.

Last updated date: 22 December 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years