GCSE Drama level 5
The new A‐Level syllabus is linear and essentially breaks down into three components;
Devised Performance – 40% of the A‐Level
This component is coursework, marked by school but externally moderated. Here students get to create an original piece of drama based on stimuli, extract of text and a theatre practitioner. They then perform this to a live audience and write a written portfolio exploring and evaluating their performance piece.
Text in Performance – 20% of the A‐Level
This component is a practical examination marked by a visiting examiner and performed in front a live audience. Here students prepare a group performance and a monologue or duologue selected from a range of set play scripts. Students will perform two extracts from two contrasting play texts.
Theatre Makers in Practice – 40% of the A‐Level
The final written exam that comes at the end of the course. In this component, students will have to respond to three tasks;
Drama and Theatre Studies develops skills for work requiring a high level of confidence, presentation, self-awareness and working with others. Previous students have found careers in Acting, Literary Management, Directing, Lighting Design, Advertising, Recruitment, Human Resources, the Police Force, Radio, Television, Teaching and Theatre. Drama and Theatre Studies is a facilitating subject for all Russell group Universities, including Oxbridge.
Examination Board: Edexcel Pearson
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