AQA AS Theatre Studies (The NEW Specification) (Current Year 12)


A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies 2240 helps students to pursue their interests and skills in a range of practical drama elements including:

  • acting

  • directing

  • costume

  • setting

  • mask and technical design.

  • At AS students perform an extract from any play to illustrate their understanding of an influential director, designer, theatre company or other practitioner.


    The new specification aims to engage, inspire and challenge your students with more breadth in the subject criteria and more diverse content.





    Component 1: Interpreting drama

    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: 2 hours

    ·         Open book

    ·         80 marks

    ·         40% of AS


    ·         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 two part question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (30 marks)




    Component 2: Process and performance (practical)

    What's assessed

    ·         Practical exploration and theatrical interpretation of two extracts (Extract 1 and 2) 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 (students may contribute as performer, designer or director)

    ·         Portfolio evidencing interpretive process and analysis and evaluation of performance

    How it's assessed

    ·         Performance of Extract 2 (30 marks)

    ·         Portfolio (30 marks)

    ·         60 marks in total

    ·         60% of AS

    This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.





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