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AS/A2 Level Drama and Theatre Studies at Landau Forte Academy Tamworth Sixth Form

Course description

Examination Board: EDEXCEL

―All the world‘s a stage and all the men and women merely players, they have their exits and entrances‖ William Shakespeare

If we are to take Shakespeare‘s word for it then Drama encompasses everyday life. We all experience some degree of drama in our lives, whether it be off – stage or on. Join us on this course and let us use Drama to help make sense of the world we live in.

Aims of the course

This course is designed for students who enjoy analysing plays in a variety of ways so that they become familiar with the way written plays can be interpreted for performance. It will also appeal to students who enjoy taking part in drama as a performer or designer.

Programme of study

The structure of the specification at AS is 2 units. Unit 1: 40% (coursework) and Unit 2: 60% (practical exam). Unit 1 consists of exploring two contrasting plays in a practical and active way. One play will be studied in the light of a recognised theatre practitioner. Students are also required to experience a live theatre performance and submit an evaluation. In unit 2 students will perform a play to an external examiner and can offer either acting or a design form. Design options include:

 Costume Design

 Set Design

 Technical elements: Lighting and/or Sound

At A2 there are 2 further units: Unit 3: 40% (coursework) and Unit 4 is 60% (written exam) Unit 3 requires creation of a unique and original piece of theatre, and Unit 4 requires the detailed study of one play text and one prescribed historical period of theatrical development.


Unit 1: Exploration of Drama and Theatre- Internally assessed/Externally Moderated.

Unit 2: Theatre Text in Performance- Externally assessed.


Unit 3: Exploration of Dramatic Performance – Internally assessed/ Externally Moderated.

Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context – Externally set and assessed.

Who is the course aimed at?

Whether you want to develop your Drama work a bit further, or to explore the many routes to further training/career options in the theatre industry, this course will help you to find out more about your abilities, talents and interests.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Landau Forte Academy Tamworth Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

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