This is an exciting, creative and challenging course with an excellent balance between performance and written examination to give candidates the best opportunity to succeed.


Entry Requirements

A GCSE Grade C or above in Drama or Expressive Arts. Relevant experience with a youth theatre group or involvement in the arts is also acceptable as entry for the course.


How the course is taught

The course is taught through practical workshops, discussion and personal commitment to reading plays and visiting the theatre. There is a high standard of written work required, produced from taking notes during lessons and finalised through controlled assessment.
Students are expected to rehearse after school and at weekends during exam times.


What areas are covered by the course?

Component 1:

Students devise an original performance piece using one key extract from a performance
text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli. There are two parts to the assessment - a 3,000
word portfolio- typed evidence and a devised performance.

Component 2:

Students take part in a group performance and a monologue or duologue performance,
both of which are externally assessed by a visiting examiner.

Component 3:

In a written examination, students will answer a number of extended response questions
relating to the analysis and evaluation of theatrical performances, some that they have seen
and some based on an unseen extract from the performance text they have studied.


How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed through a combination of a 40% written exam and 60% coursework.


Career Opportunities

The course supports careers in Teaching, Drama Therapy, Community Work and Writing. Skills
learned shape quick-thinking team players, who can adapt skills and speak with confidence.
This self-promotional aspect can be applicable to almost every career route.