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Drama and Theatre Studies at Broadway Academy

Course description

Edexcel Drama and Theatre studies. Pupils complete an As with unit 1 and 2.

They complete the A2 through unit 3 & 4. They have to explore published plays and perform using their knowledge of theatre history.

In addition to a 2.5 hr written exam.

Course content

Unit 1: Exploration of Drama and theatre 20%

• Practical exploration of two plays.

Unit 2: Theatre text in Performance 30%

• Students will present their mono/duologue in a performance. • Students will present their group piece as a performer in a performance.

Unit 3: Devised Drama Performance 20%

 •.Research, explore, develop and structure of a devised performance.

Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context 30%

• Sections A & B regarding the chosen play looking as a director.

• Evaluation of a live performance and comparisons made to the original staging    conditions of the play.


Pupils are assessed in A level drama under 4 units. 40% Internal Practical & Coursework.

Units 1 & 3. 60% External Practical & Exam.

Units 2 & 4. Assessment Summary.

Unit 1 – Exploration of Drama and Theatre 20%

• Internally assessed under controlled conditions

• Practical exploration of two plays

• Documentary response (3000 words) • Documentary response to live theatre (1000 words)

Unit 2 – Theatre text in Performance 30%

• Externally assessed under controlled conditions • Students will present their mono/duologue in a performance to an external examiner

• Students will present their group piece as a performer in a performance to an external examiner

• Written performance concept of mono/duologue (1000 words)

Unit 3 – Devised Drama Performance 20%

• Internally assessed under controlled conditions for research, exploration, development and structure.

  • Students will present in front of an identified audience as a performer in a performance. (Filmed for moderation)

• Supporting Written Evidence Documentation (SWEDs 3500 words)

Unit 4 – Theatre Text in Context 30%

• Externally assessed written paper (2hours 30 minutes)

Future opportunities

Actor, Journalist, Teacher (any job that require public presentation or oracy skills)

Lighting technician, Stage manager, Costume/make-up artist. Various others.

Further information

The edexcel Alevel of Drama and Theatre Studies has become a highly respectable over the last decade and is valued by universities as a subject connected to both the humanities and the Arts. The balance of practical skills and academic knowledge will work to help students to develop cross-curricular skills that include writing, speaking and the ability to analyse and organise information. It is also a subject that builds confidence and helps students to develop their interests and passions. “I have never felt so confident or proud of myself. Until today I have never performed or given a presentation without laughing (due to nerves) to anyone.” A level student after performing her Unit 2 piece.

In groups, students must work together to prepare a piece of drama to be staged in a professional theatre before an audience in year 1. Students are also required to write, direct, design and perform their own piece of original drama in year 2. This year, A2 students presented plays that exhibited a broad variety of skills and knowledge.

This course allows all pupils who are enthusiastic about acting and theatre to engage in the art in both a theoretical and practical way. It will enable you to stretch yourself and understand the depth and intricacies involved in performing. It will lend itself to any other A level a pupil may take as it encourages critical thinking, teamwork, imagination, literacy and confidence.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 16 October 2014
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    • Broadway Academy is situated in Perry Barr in the north of Birmingham.

      We are very proud of our £21million new building which boasts state of the art facilities and a learning environment that is second to none.

      The Sixth Form is an important part of the whole school and students have permanent access to teaching staff and and resources to support their learning. The Sixth Formers are role models to the younger students and help support them by mentoring and running extra-curricular clubs.

      There are excellent public transport links for students coming from across the city.