A-level Drama and Theatre

A-level Drama and Theatre

This qualification follows a linear structure. That implies that all non-exam assessments (NEA) are completed in the certification year, and the written exam is taken at the end of the course.


Subject matter

The subject matter lays out the knowledge, understanding, and skills students are expected to acquire throughout their studies.


The A-level Drama and Theatre subject content is divided into three main sections:


1. **Drama and theatre**

2. **Creating original drama**

3. **Making theatre**


Guidance is also provided to help students develop their theatrical skills.


In the practical components, students have the option to specialize in performing, lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets, and/or directing.


Assessments

1. **Component 1: Drama and theatre**


   Assessed elements:

 

   - Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre

   - Study of two set plays, one selected from List A, another from List B

   - Analysis and evaluation of live theatre makers' work


   Assessment format:


   - Written exam: 3 hours, open book

   - Total of 80 marks

   - Counts for 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 three-part question on a given extract from one of the set plays from List B (30 marks)

   - Section C: One question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (25 marks)


2. **Component 2: Creating original drama (practical)**


   Assessed elements:

   

   - The process of creating devised drama

   - Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer, designer, or director)

   - The devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner


   Assessment format:


   - Working notebook (40 marks)

   - Devised performance (20 marks)

   - Total of 60 marks

   - Counts for 30% of A-level

   - This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.


3. **Component 3: Making theatre (practical)**


   Assessed elements:

   

   - Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts (Extract 1, 2, and 3), each taken from a different play

   - The methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to Extract 3

   - Extract 3 is to be performed as a final assessed piece (students may contribute as performer, designer, or director)

   - Reflective report analyzing and evaluating the theatrical interpretation of all three extracts


   Assessment format:


   - Performance of Extract 3 (40 marks)

   - Reflective report (20 marks)

   - Total of 60 marks

   - Counts for 30% of A-level

   - This component is marked by AQA.