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A2 Edexcel Theatre Studies (Current Year 13)

 

Students of Edexcel A level in Drama and Theatre Studies will develop a variety of dramatic and theatrical skills - including performing, directing and critical evaluation - alongside an understanding and appreciation of drama and theatre in a social, cultural and historical context.

 

A2 Unit 3: Exploration of Dramatic Performance *Unit code 6DR03

Internally assessed

To be completed by the May deadline 40% of the total A2 marks 20% of the total GCE marks

Content summary: This unit requires the creation of a unique and original piece of theatre. The knowledge and understanding gained in the AS units can now be applied to a created production. Students will be assessed on both the process of creation and the finished product in the form of a performance to an invited audience.

 

Assessment:

Students will be assessed on the research and development of their work as well as the final performance in front of an identified audience. They are also required to complete an evaluation on both the process and performance of their work. Written evidence will be required reflecting the research and development work as well as a video/DVD of the final performance.

A2 Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context *Unit code 6DR04

Externally assessed

Availability: June 60% of the total A2 marks 30% of the total GCE marks

Content summary: This externally examined written unit requires the detailed study of one set play text and one prescribed historical period of theatrical development.

 

Assessment:

This externally assessed unit takes the form of a 2-hour-and-30-minute written paper in three sections. Sections A and B require students to explore one play, from a choice of three set play texts, from the point of view of a director in both an academic and practical way. In Section C a selection must be made of one from a choice of three historic periods of theatre history. A live performance of a play from the chosen period must be experienced and evaluated and a comparison made with the original staging conditions of the play.

 

Unit 3: Exploration of Dramatic Performance A2

This internally assessed unit requires students to create an original and unique piece of theatre. Their starting point may be stimulus material, themes, ideas and issues or a professionally published play by a known writer. Students will be assessed on the research and development of their work as well as the final performance in front of an identified audience. They are also required to complete an evaluation on both the process and performance of their work. Groups will work in no fewer than three and no more than six students. Smaller groups should produce a performance of no less than 15 minutes and larger groups no more than 30 minutes. Written evidence will be required reflecting the research and development work as well as a video/DVD of the final performance. This unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

60 marks

 

Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context A2

This externally assessed unit takes the form of a two-and-a-half hour written paper. There are three sections to the paper. In Section A and B one play should be studied and explored from the point of view of a director from a choice of three set texts. It will be expected that students will explore the play in both an academic and practical way. In Section C a selection must be made of one from a choice of three historic periods of theatre history. The choice must be different from the period represented by the chosen set text in Sections A and B. A live performance of a play from the chosen period must be experienced and evaluated and a comparison made with the original staging conditions of the play. This unit will be externally set and assessed.

80 marks