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Drama & Theatre Studies Edexcel A Level at Littleover Community School

Course description

Qualities Required: 

  • A genuine interest in, and enthusiasm for, theatre in all its apects. 
  • The willingness to be part of a team and the ability to communicate and share ideas.
  • A commitment to the course which includes giving up time for rehearsals and theatre trips when required; this may well involve some evenings and weekends. 
  • A high degree of self-motivation and a strong desire to succeed. 

Course content

Component 1: Devising

Content overview:

  • Devise an original performance piece.
  • Use one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli.
  • Centre choice of text and practitioner.
  • Performer or designer routes available.


Component 2: Text in Performance

Content overview:

  • 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 performance text.
  • Centre choice of performance texts.


Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice

Content overview:

  • Live theatre evaluation – choice of performance.
  • Practical exploration and study of a complete performance text – focusing on how this
  • can be realised for performance.
  • Practical exploration and interpretation of another complete performance text, in light
  • of a chosen theatre practitioner – focusing on how this text could be reimagined for a
  • contemporary audience.
  • Centre choice of 15 performance texts from two lists on the next page.
  • Choice of eight practitioners.

Entry requirements

Littleover Community School Sixth Form specialises in AS and A2 Level Courses - we do not offer any alternative/vocational courses. Regardless of which 'wave' of the ongoing A Level reforms each subject is in, we will expect all students to sit AS examinations at the end of Year 12 and A2 examinations at the end of Year 13.

We therefore expect all students to enrol to study 4 AS Levels in Year 12. Most students will then drop one subject at the end of Year 12 having completed the AS Level qualification, continuing with the other 3 to A2 level.

The minimum entry criteria for Littleover Community School Sixth Form is 5 A*-C/9-5 grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who achieve a grade 4 in Maths or English Language will be considered on an individual basis. However, the vast majority of our students will achieve 8 or more A*-C/9-5 grades with A*-8/9-6 in the subjects they wish to study at A Level. If students plan to study subjects that they have not studied at GCSE level we will expect A*-B/9-6 in subjects that have a similar skills set. 

Specific entry requirements:

GCSE graded A"-B in Drama (Students with relevant practical experience and strong performance in GCSE English would also be considered).


Component 1: Devising

  • Coursework
  • 40% of the qualification
  • 80 marks.

Assessment Overview:  

  • Internally assessed and externally moderated.
  • There are two ports to the assessment::
  1.  A portfolio (60 marks)
  2. The devised performance/design presentation (20 marks)


Component 2: Text in Performance

  • Coursework
  • 20% of the qualification
  • 60 marks.

Assessment Overview:

  • Externally assessed by a visiting examiner.
  • Group performance/design realisation. (36 marks)
  • Monologue or duologue/design presentation. (24 marks)


Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice

  • Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 40% of the qualification
  • 80 marks.

Assessment Overview:

Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation

  • 20 marks.
  • Students answer one extended response question from a choice of two.

Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text

  • 36 marks.
  • Students answer two extended response questions based on an unseen extract from the performance text they have studied.
  • Students answer from the perspective of a performer and a designer.

Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text

  • 24 marks.
  • Students will answer one extended response question from a choice of two based on an extract of their chosen performance text.
  • Students will demonstrate how their re-imagined production concept will communicate ideas to a contemporary audience.

Each Component can be entered as either performer or designer.


Financial information

  • The syllabus requirements mean that students must see live theatre. 
  • This has obvious financial implications which students (and parents) need to be aware of. 

Future opportunities

Not only does this course prepare a foundation for those students wishing to continue their studies in Drama, Theatre or the Performing Arts but also provides excellent preparation for all higher education and the world of work in general.

  • It equips individuals with organisational, communication, and management skills.
  • Role-play and improvisation are playing an increasingly important part in professional training of all kinds.
  • Successful students present as articulate, confident, and thoughtful young people.
  • "50% of employers believe teenagers need better communication, team-working and problem solving abilities...". These are skills students learn in the A Level Drama classroom.
  • It is also valuable for those considering medicine or law.

CBI/Pertemps Employment Trends Survey 2005.

Further information

NB - All students wishing to continue into Year 13 to complete the full A Level will not be entered for the AS exams at the end of Year 12 but will be internally assessed.

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Drama and Theatre consists of two coursework components and one externally examined paper. Students must complete all assessment by May/June in any single year.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 November 2016

Key information


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    • Welcome to Littleover Community School Sixth Form and thank you for visiting our website. The Sixth Form was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in both of their most recent inspections when it was part of the highly successful Millennium Centre Post 16 Partnership along with Derby Moor Community Sports College.

      In September 2013 this partnership came to an end to enable Littleover Community School to deliver its own sixth form courses independently. This coincided with the opening of a brand new, purpose built sixth form centre. We have a reputation for academic excellence with students performing considerably higher than national averages year after year.

      Approximately 95% of our students go on to study at university having completed a range of AS and A level subjects. While we are proud of our high academic standards, we also recognise the importance of providing students with an enjoyable and enriching experience throughout their time in the Sixth Form.  We offer a wide range of enrichment sessions in addition to a detailed tutorial programme designed to broaden the experiences of students, develop students as well rounded individuals and prepare them thoroughly for life at university and beyond.

      For more information about the Sixth Form and what we offer please look at our current prospectus.