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Drama & Theatre A Level at Kingsdale Foundation School

Course description

The Drama department’s vision is to cultivate a love of the Arts through a much more dynamic approach to teaching by constantly offering experiences that challenge student’s view of the Arts through a working environment that promotes and encourages student creativity and reflection.

Course content

During the course of Year 12 students will be firstly completing Component 1 and then preparing a performance of a selected script from Component 3 to help support them with their revision for this written examination. 


Component 1 -  Devising – 40% of the qualification (80 marks in total) – Internally moderated

Students will devise an original piece of theatre using both a key extract from a playtext of their choice and a theatre practitioner as stimuli.   This year student’s will be exploring the play – The Laramie Project and the Theatre Practitioners Forced Entertainment. 


Component 1 - Assessment 

The devised performance, where students will be given a mark for their role. (20 marks) 

A portfolio – Directors log book. (60 marks)


Component 2 – Theatre in performance – 20% of the qualification (60 marks) – Externally moderated

Every student will perform in two scripted performances during this component. 

This final year of the A level Drama and Theatre Studies course will consist of students completing Unit 3 and then preparing for their Unit 4 written examination.


Unit 1 - Exploration of Drama and Theatre – Covered in Year 12


This unit introduces you to the content of plays written for the theatre.  You will learn how to analyse plays in a variety of ways so that they become familiar with way written plays can be interpreted for realisation in performance.  You will explore two contrasting play texts in a practical and active way and be introduced to the world of recognised theatre practitioners.


Unit 2 - Theatre Text in Performance – Covered in Year 12


You will perform either a monologue or duologue to an audience.  In addition you will also perform in a professionally published play by a known writer, again to an audience.


Unit 3 - Exploration of Dramatic Performance


You will contribute to the creation of a unique and original piece of theatre which you will perform to an invited audience.


Unit 4 - Theatre Text in Context


In sections A and B you will study a play, developing and shaping your ideas for a proposed production of the play from the perspective of a director. 

In section C you will study and research the original performance conditions of a play written in a particular period of theatrical development. You will see a live production of a play that corresponds to this particular period.



Component 2- Assessment

  • Group performance of an extract from a play text of their choice. (36 marks)
  • A monologue or duologue from a play text of their choice. (24 marks)

Component 3 – Theatre makers in practise – 40% of the qualification (80 marks)

Every student will sit a written examination formed of 3 sections (2hrs 30 minutes). 

  • Section 1 – Live theatre review.  Students will be asked to respond to a question about a theatre production they have seen. 
  • Section 2 – Page to stage – Realising a performance text.  Students will be asked questions about how they might perform an unseen extract from a text they have studied over the two years.   The plays are listed on the back f this sheet.
  • Section 3 – Interpreting a performance text.  Students will answer one extended response question from an unseen named section from a different text they have studied over the two years. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 December 2017
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