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Drama and Theatre Studies at The Hollyfield School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

This is the Edexcel Board Specification.

Course content

AS Course Unit One: Exploration of Drama and Theatre. You will take part in a series of practical workshops that help you to explore and understand two well-known plays. The plays will be different to one another, in terms of their style and period, and through exploring them you will begin to understand the work of famous practitioners such as Brecht and Stanislavski. As you work  your way through the texts, you will record your ideas and responses in a coursework portfolio. You will write about ideas for staging the play, including the design implications, and you will research the historical context of the play and its earliest public performances. Your portfolio will not exceed 3,000 words. In addition, you will go on a series of theatre visits with your Drama and Theatre Studies class. You will think, talk and write about the plays you have seen. We hope they will inspire you! The practical workshops, theatre review and coursework portfolio will comprise 60% of your AS grade. Unit Two: Theatre Text in Performance You will work with others in your group to present scenes from a well-known play to an invited audience, including a visiting examiner. Your teacher will direct your performance and share her interpretation of the play with you through a series of rehearsals, workshops and discussions. You will be assessed on your ability to communicate with other performers and the audience and you will demonstrate performance skills such as use of voice, movement and characterisation. Your performance is likely to be around thirty minutes long. In addition to the ensemble performance, you will prepare and perform a monologue or duologue from a well-known play. You will have to write a 500-word rationale, which sets out your concept and demonstrates your understanding of the play as a whole and your character’s role within it. The presentation to a visiting examiner and the accompanying rationale will earn you 40% of your AS grade. A2 Course Unit Three: Exploration of Dramatic Performance You will start to put into practice all that you have learned in the course so far by creating your own original piece of drama. The starting point could be: a play; an image or series of images; a theme, issue or idea; a poem or story. Your teacher will support your work through a series of workshops and rehearsals and she will help you select the most suitable audience. As you work towards your performance, you will record your research and experiences in a coursework portfolio, which cannot exceed 3,500 words. The marks for this unit will be awarded for process and performance. Your work on Unit Three will comprise 40% of your A2 grade. Unit Four: Theatre Text in Context You will study two critically acclaimed plays from different periods in theatrical history. You will grow to understand one of the plays from the perspective of a director and you will lead a series of workshops and rehearsals to ‘test out’ your ideas. You will record your ideas in a copy of the script, which you will take into a written examination. In the examination, you will explain your ideas in relation to an extract of the play and the play as a whole. The second play will be explored from the perspective of an informed critic. You will research the production history of the play and you will discover how and where it was first performed. You will go to see a modern version of the same play and write about how it was interpreted and performed for a 21st Century audience. The written examination of this unit is two and a half hours long and will earn you 60% of your A2 grade.

Entry requirements

B grade at GCSE Drama.


There are two units per year.  Assessment is through a mixture of practical exploration, written coursework and a written exam.

Financial information

There will be a variety of theatre trips on this course and students are encouraged to see a number of productions in their own time to support their studies.

Future opportunities

This course can lead to further study of Drama, Theatre Studies and Performing Arts in Higher Education. It can be used to broaden your studies and may lead on to a career in the performing arts industries. You could begin a career as a script writer, performer, director, producer or even venture backstage into production. Drama and Theatre Studies opens up a world of possibilities in the arts, where will it take you...?

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Hollyfield School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 14 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years