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Drama and Theatre Studies AS/A Level at Fortismere School

Course description

This draft qualification has not yet been accredited by Ofqual. It is published to enable the school to have early sight of our proposed approach to the new A-level Drama and Theatre. Further changes may be required in time for first teaching in September 2016 and first award in August 2018.

AS will be decoupled from A-level AS results will no longer count towards the final A-level grades. AS and A-levels will be co-teachable We’ve ensured our new AS and A-level specifications are coteachable, which means that we can teach a mixed class of AS and A-level students together in year one (year 12).


Course content

The subject content for A-level Drama and Theatre is divided into three components:

·         Drama and theatre

·         Creating original drama

·         Making theatre

In the practical components students may specialise in performing, lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets and/or directing.

Entry requirements

Drama GCSE at Grade B or above is required. Grade B in GCSE English Language and Literature.



Component 1: Interpreting drama

• Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre

• Study of one set play from a choice of seven

• Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

How it’s assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Component 2: Process and performance (practical)

What’s assessed

• Practical exploration and theatrical interpretation of two extracts

(Extract 1 and 2) each taken from a different play

• Portfolio evidencing interpretive process and analysis and evaluation of performance

How it’s assessed

• Performance of Extract 2 (30 marks)

• Portfolio (30 marks)


Component 1: Drama and theatre

• Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre

• Study of two set plays,

• Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

How it’s assessed

• Written exam: 3 hours

Component 2: Creating original drama

What’s assessed

• Process of creating devised drama

• Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as

performer, designer or director)

Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of

one prescribed practitioner

How it’s assessed

• Working notebook (40 marks)

• Devised performance (20 marks)

Component 3: Making theatre (practical)

• Practical exploration and interpretation of Extract (students may contribute as performer, designer or director)

• Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts

How it’s assessed

• Performance of Extract 3 (40 marks)

• Reflective report (20 marks)




Further information

In order to cover the cost of the study booklets, trips and workshops we ask for a contribution of approximately £80 for each year of the course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 September 2016
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    • We have an outstanding and popular sixth form, with students joining us from a wide geographical area. Our students usually study four AS level subjects in Year 12 and, three or four A2 subjects in Year 13 for the full A level award.

      We support our students’ academic progress by a system of target setting and monitoring. We also provide excellent guidance for students, as well as additional mentoring for those making Oxbridge applications or preparing for BMAT and UKCAT (medical) or Law entrance exams. The vast majority progress on to university and a sophisticated guidance system ensures that they are well advised in their decision-making.

      We have a strong focus on school leadership and on students taking responsibility for their progress.