Drama - 6th Form

AS/A2 Drama and Theatre Studies

This specification is designed for students who enjoy reading and watching plays and taking part in drama, as a performer or director.

The structure of the specification at each level, AS and A2, is one written unit (60%) and one practical unit (40%).

At AS, the written unit consists of the study of one set play, in terms of its performance potential, and of live productions seen during the course. At A2, the written unit requires the study of a further two set plays.

The written units are externally set and marked. The practical units are internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by a visiting moderator.

AS Outline

  • Unit 1: Live Theatre Production Seen and Prescribed Play
  • Unit 2: Presentation of an Extract from a Play – Practical

A2 Outline

  • Unit 3: Further Prescribed Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century
  • Unit 4: Presentation of Devised Drama – Practical

Year 1

Unit 1 Unit 2
Unit 1 – DRAM1, Live Theatre Production Seen and Prescribed Play
60% of AS, 30% of A Level
1 hour 30 minutes written examination
100 marks
One question from each of two sections
Section A – response to live theatre seen during the course
Section B – study of one set play from a choice of six
Available January and June
Unit 2 – DRAM2, Presentation of an Extract from a Play
40% of AS, 20% of A Level
Practical performance
80 marks
Performance by a group of an extract from a published play
The assessment also includes candidates' preparatory and development work and supporting notes
Available in June only – moderation February–May

Year 2

Unit 3 Unit 4
Unit 3 – DRAM3, Further Prescribed Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century
30% of A Level
2 hour written paper
100 marks
Study of two further set plays
Available January and June
Unit 4 – DRAM4, Presentation of Devised Drama
20% of A Level
Practical performance
80 marks
Performance by a group of devised drama. The assessment also includes candidates' preparatory and development work and supporting notes
Available in June only – moderation February–May