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AS Drama and Theatre at Ken Stimpson Community School

Course description

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Drama and Theatre consists of two coursework components and one externally examined paper

• Component 1: Devising

◦◦ 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

◦◦ 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.

• Written examination

◦◦ Live theatre evaluation – choice of performance.

◦◦ Practical exploration and study of a complete text – focusing on how this can be realised for performance.

◦◦ Practical exploration and interpretation of another complete performance text, in light of a chosen practitioner – focusing on how this text could be reimagined for a contemporary audience.

Course content

Component 1: Coursework 40% of the qualification (80 marks) There are two parts to the assessment:

1. a portfolio

2. the devised performance/design realisation

Component 2: Coursework 20% of the qualification (60 marks)

• Externally assessed by a visiting examiner.

• Group performance/design realisation: worth 36 marks.

• Monologue or duologue/design realisation: worth 24 marks.

Entry requirements

6 A*- C graded GCSEs, including English


Written examination: 40% of the qualification (80 marks) • Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation • Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text • Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses that may be related to the performing arts such as English Language and Literature and Media Studies or to prepare for the A level part of an Advanced GCE in Drama and Theatre, which could lead onto higher education within the arts or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to the performing arts such as working in the Film, Television or Theatre industries. You may also like to look at joining a theatre group to increase your drama and theatre experience. The course offers a distinct subject content which provides you with the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers from lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

Level: Advanced GCE in Drama and Theatre Duration: 2 Years Qualification: Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Drama and Theatre Entry Requirements: 6 A*-C GCSEs including English

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Sixth Form Administrator
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01733765950
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  • More information
    • Ken Stimpson Community School is a single site school which is endowed with superb facilities, some of which are shared with Werrington District Library and Werrington Sports & Recreation Centre. The school has access to sports facilities, multiple computer suites, drama studios, music classrooms and practice spaces, dance theatres and performance areas all of which would be less likely to be found in a more traditional school. In addition to our well equipped and resourced teaching blocks we also have a two-court, floodlit astroturf area and extensive playing fields.