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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Norwich School

Course description

The Edexcel specification for Drama and Theatre Studies combines practical, intellectual and artistic approaches to the subject, through coursework, externally assessed performance and written examination. The course is designed for pupils interested in design and technical skills as well as acting.

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1: Exploration of Drama and Theatre
This internally assessed unit required you to explore two contrasting play texts, chosen by us, in a practical and active way. At least one of the plays must be explored in the light of a recognised theatre practitioner. A set of "Exploration Notes" to a maximum of 3000 words must also be submitted. You are also required to experience a live theatre performance and submit and evaluation to a maximum of 1000 words. This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Unit 2: Theatre Text in Performance
In this unit you undertake a role within the production of a play. The text must be different from those studied in any other unit. You will be assessed on the effective use of performing or design skills as applied to the text and the way in which they communicate their interpretation of a play to an audience. The performance should last between 15 and 60 minutes. Additionally, you must offer either a monologue or duologue from a different play to that offered in the first section. You must also provide a concept of the interpretation of your chosen role or design. This unit is assessed under examination conditions by a visiting examiner.


Unit 3: Exploration of Dramatic Performance
For this unit, you will work in a group of between three and twelve pupils to devise an original piece of theatre for presentation to an audience. This will be based on criteria set by your tutor: a stimulus such as an idea, a fragment of a story, or an image; a specific audience such as primary school children or both. You will be assessed on your personal contribution to the devising process and the performance. You will need to keep a Structured Record that will enable you to reflect upon and analyse the process. This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context
This unit requires the study of a further two plays. In Sections A and B you will study one play from a choice of three from the point of view of a director and you will be required to develop and shape your ideas for a fully thought through production. The choice in this section is from Lysistrata by Aristophanes, Dr Faustus by Christopher Marlowe and Woyzeck by Georg Buchner. In Section C you are required to study and research one 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. This unit is externally set and assessed.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 February 2017

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