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A-level Theatre Studies

Robert Smyth Academy A level Drama Lesson

This qualification emphasises practical creativity alongside research and theoretical understanding.  You will learn through experience, seeing theatre and making theatre for yourself.  You will be introduced to a wide range of theatrical styles and contexts as we explore plays practically, devise and work on performances.

AS Level

The subject content is divided into:

  • interpreting drama
  • process and performance
Component 1: Interpreting drama – 40%
What’s assessed:

·         Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre

·         Study of one set play from a choice of seven

·         Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

How it’s assessed:

·         Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

·         Open book

·         80 marks

·         40% of AS

Questions

·         Section A: one two-part question (from a choice) on a given extract from the set play chosen (25 marks per part; 50 marks in total)

·         Section B: one question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (30 marks)

Component 2: Process and performance (practical) – 60%
What’s assessed:

  • Practical exploration and theatrical interpretation of two extracts, each taken from a different play.  Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to Extract 2

·         Extract 2 is to be performed as a final, assessed piece with you as performer, designer or director

·         A portfolio evidencing interpretive process and analysis and evaluation of performance

How it’s assessed:

·         Performance of Extract 2 (30 marks)

·         Portfolio (30 marks)

·         This component will be marked by your teachers and moderated by AQA.

A2 Level

The subject content divided into:

  • Drama and theatre (40%) – written exam
  • Creating original drama (30%) – practical
  • Making theatre (30%) – practical
Component 1: Drama and theatre – 40%
What’s assessed

·         Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre

·         Study of two set plays from different published lists (A and B)

·         Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

How it’s assessed

·         Written exam: 3 hours

·         Open book

·         80 marks

·         40% of A level

Questions

·         Section A: one question (from a choice) on one of the set plays from List A (25 marks)

·         Section B: one two-part question on a given extract from one of the set plays from List B (25 marks)

·         Section C: one question on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (30 marks)

Component 2: Creating original drama (practical) – 30%
What’s assessed:

·         The process of creating devised drama

·         Performance of devised drama with you as performer, designer or director

·         A devised piece, one that must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner

How it’s assessed:

·         Working notebook (40 marks)

·         Devised performance (20 marks)

·         60 marks in total

·         30% of A level

This component will be marked by your teachers and moderated by AQA.

Component 3: Making theatre (practical) – 30%
What’s assessed:

  • Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts each taken from a different play

·         Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to Extract 3, which is performed as a final assessed piece with you as performer, designer or director

·         An individual reflective report where you will analyse and evaluate your theatrical interpretation of all three key extracts studied