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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Vyners School

Course description

Building on the philosophy of the GCSE syllabus, the emphasis is on Drama and Theatre Studies as a practical, intellectual and artistic subject.

You will examine the use of theatrical forms and genre in relation to the exploration and performance of plays.

You will develop an interest and enjoyment of Drama and theatre as a performer and as an analytical member of an audience, fostering a critical appreciation of the subject.

It is available at AS and A2 Level.

Course content

Component 1: Devising Coursework (40% of the qualification, 80 marks)

Devise an original performance piece using:

  • A key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli.
  • Performer or designer routes available.

Component 2: Text in Performance Coursework (20% of the qualification, 60 marks)

  • A group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a performance text.
  • A monologue or duologue performance/design realisation from one key extract from a different/contrasting performance text.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of the qualification, 80 marks)

  • Produce a Live theatre evaluation of your choice
  • Practical exploration and study of a set text – focusing on how this can be realised for performance.
  • Practical exploration and interpretation of a second set text, in light of a chosen practitioner – focusing on how it could be reimagined for a contemporary audience.

Entry requirements

  • C in English and C in English Literature, or B in Drama (if taken)
  • Commitment and interest in drama are essential.


Component 1

There are two parts to the assessment:

  1. a portfolio (60 marks) - a handwritten/typed evidence between 2,500–3,000 words or a recorded/verbal evidence between 12–14 minutes   OR   can be a combination of handwritten/typed evidence (between 1,250–1,500 words) and recorded/verbal evidence (between 6–7 minutes)
  2. the devised performance/design realisation (20 marks, assessing AO2)

Component 2

This component will be externally assessed by a visiting examiner.

  • Group performance/design realisation: worth 36 marks
  • Monologue or duologue/design realisation: worth 24 marks

Component 3

Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of the qualification, 80 marks)


Future opportunities

Drama is an ideal qualification for anyone intending to study an essay based or arts qualification at degree level.

Drama is considered as an excellent choice for developing analytical, presentation and interpersonal skills.

Depending on the course you intend to study, Drama is accepted at Russell group universities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 May 2016
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