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AS/A2: Drama and Theatre Studies

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

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.


In the practical units, both AS and A2, students present a performance, working in a group. Students choose one of the following skills:


o Acting

o Directing

o Costume design

o Mask design

o Set design

o Technical elements: Lighting and/or Sound


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 (‘The Taming of the Shrew’ by William Shakespeare)


Unit 2: Presentation of an Extract from a Play – Practical.

A2 outline

Unit 3: Further Prescribed Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century (The Recruiting Officer’ by George Farquhar and ‘Our Country’s Good’ by Timberlake Wertenbaker.)

Unit 4: Presentation of Devised Drama – Practical.

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