Drama and Theatre Studies
AS/A level specification | EDEXCEL
Content & Breakdown
The AS/A level Drama and Theatre Studies specification provides:
- Coverage of four main areas of study of drama and theatre.
- Candidates’ own practical work.
- Set plays.
- Theatre practitioners.
- Different theatre styles.
- Live productions seen.
- Practical work which offers options for acting, costume, masks, stage setting, lighting or sound.
- A choice of set plays for study and performance is offered, linked to students’ own choices.
- Unit 1: Live theatre production seen and prescribed play, assessed by written exam.
- Unit 2: Presentation of an extract from a play, assessed by practical performance, plus preparatory work and supporting roles.
- Unit 3: Further prescribed plays including pre-Twentieth Century, assessed by written exam.
- Unit 4: Presentation of devised drama, assessed by practical performance, plus preparatory work and supporting roles.
Drama and Theatre Studies is accepted as an academic A level subject and can lead to a range of degree courses. It can also obviously contribute to a successful application to drama school.
It is well respected as a qualification for careers and courses which use interpersonal skills such as Communications, Management, Personnel and Media.
Many skills can be developed on an A level Theatre Studies course. You do not have to be a confident actor to qualify for entry.