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Drama and Theatre Studies A level at Highworth Grammar School

Course description

The course aims to develop the skills students have acquired at GCSE level and foster an analytical appreciation of theatre.

Course content

Component 1: (40%) Devising
Students use one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as a stimuli to devise an original performance piece. Design and performance options are available. They will be assessed for the performance/realisation of the design (10%) and for their supporting portfolio
2500 – 3000 words (30%).
Component 2: (20%) Text in Performance
Students work together in groups to stage a key extract from a performance text for a visiting external examiner. Students must also present a monologue or duologue as part of the assessment process. The unit is broken into two sections and in both, if a candidate wishes, design options are available.
Component 3: (40%) Theatre makers in Practice
Synoptic written examination in which students must apply the knowledge they have acquired throughout the course responding to live performance and the study of two set texts.
The examination will contain three sections:
1. A live theatre evaluation.
2. Page to stage: realisation of one key extract from a performance text.
3. Interpreting one complete performance text, in light of one practitioner for a contemporary audience.

Entry requirements

Students should be motivated, independent learners with excellent organisational skills. They must also be competent performers and be able to work collaboratively in groups.
The entrance requirements for this course are Grade 6 or above in GCSE Drama. Students should also have achieved Grade 5 or above in both GCSE English Literature and GCSE English Language. Prior experience of working on productions, membership of youth theatres, drama companies and dance clubs is also an advantage. 


Component 1: Performance and portfolio assessed internally by Drama Department staff with video recording and sample portfolios submitted to the Edexcel Examination Board for moderation.
Component 2: Marked externally by visiting Edexcel examiner.
Component 3: Written examination marked externally.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September