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Drama & Theatre

Course Name: Drama & Theatre A Level
Exam Board: Edexcel

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What will you study?

Students will study 3 components; Devising, Text in Performance and Theatre Makers in Practice.

How is the course structured?
Unit Content
Unit Assessment
Component 1: Devising (9DR0/01)

Devise an original performance piece from one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli.

Internally assessed and externally moderated (Edexcel).

There are two parts to the assessment:

  1. A portfolio (2500-3000 words) (60 marks)
  2. The devised performance (20 marks)
  • 40% of qualification
  • 80 marks
Component 2: Text in Performance (9DR0/02)

A group performance of one key extract from a performance text.

A monologue or duologue performance from one key extract from a different performance text.

Both include a brief written explanation of your role (how you developed your characterisation skills)

Externally assessed by a visiting examiner (Edexcel)

Group performance (36 marks)

Monologue or duologue (24 marks)

  • 20% of qualification
  • 60 marks
Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (9DR0/03)

Live Theatre Evaluation

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

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

Practitioner must be different to Component 1




Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes

Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation (20 marks)

Analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance students have seen from a choice of two questions.

Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text (36 marks)

Students answer from the perspective of a performer and a designer.

Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text (24 marks)

Student’s directorial concept -based on Dr Faustus - is compared to its original performance conditions.

From a director’s point of view, demonstrate how your directorial concept will communicate ideas to a contemporary audience.

  • 40% of the qualification
  • 80 marks

What skills will you develop?

In addition to the performance, design and directing skills, students will be learning and building upon the following skills:

Cognitive skills

  • Non-routine problem solving – expert thinking, metacognition, creativity
  • Decision making and reasoning
  • Critical thinking – analysing, synthesising and reasoning skills
  • ICT literacy – access, manage, integrate, evaluate, construct and communicate

Interpersonal skills

  • Communication – active listening, oral communication, written communication, assertive communication and non-verbal communication
  • Relationship-building– teamwork, trust, intercultural sensitivity, self-presentation, social influence, conflict resolution and negotiation
  • Collaborative problem solving – establishing and maintaining shared understanding, taking appropriate action, establishing and maintaining team organisation

 Intrapersonal skills

  • Adaptability – ability and willingness to cope with the uncertain, handling work stress, adapting to different personalities, communication styles and cultures, and physical adaptability to various indoor and outdoor work environments
  • Self-management and self-development – ability to work remotely in virtual teams, work autonomously, be self-motivating and self-monitoring, willing and able to acquire new information and skills related to work

How will you be assessed?

See above table.