Drama A Level

Subject: Drama
Level: AS and A LEVEL
Exam Board: W.J.E.C.
Location: Y Pant School

The aim is to appreciate and understand theatre as an art form. This is done in both a practical and theoretical context. It enables each candidate to develop his or her performance skills and skills of interpreting text for academic study.

Requirements/Skills for entry to the course
– C grade or above at GCSE.
– Potential candidates who have not studied Drama t GCSE should see subject staff for advice.

Brief Outline of the Course
AS Level (2 units of study)
DA1 – 20% – Practical Performance – 60 marks – Unit Title – Performance Workshop
Candidates will either act in a group or contribute their chosen technical production skill to a performance from a set text and a devised piece. They will work on the ideas of two practitioners.
This unit is internally marked and externally moderated.
DA2 – 30% – 2 Hour Written Paper – 120 marks – Unit Title – Text in Performance
Candidates will answer 3 questions on:
– One pre-1900 text from a prescribed list.
– One post-1900 text from a prescribed list.
– A live theatre review.
This unit is externally marked.

A Level (The above plus a further 2 units of study)
DA3 – 30% – Practical Performance – 150 marks – Unit Title – Performance on a Set Theme
Candidates will be expected to work in response to a theme set by the WJEC and prepare two performances. In each case candidates will either act or demonstrate a technical production skill with a group of performers. This performance will include:
– Scenes/extracts from a published text
– A piece devised by the group.
An evaluation of performance work for both pieces will be required. The unit is externally marked.
DA4 – 20% – 2and a half Hour Written Paper – 80 marks – Unit Title – Text in Context
1. Candidates will study 2 set texts from a prescribed list: one pre-1900 and one post-1900. This is an open text examination – candidates will be asked to discuss the play as a whole, including the following aspects.
– Theatrical Context
– Performance History
– Theatrical Challenges of text in terms of acting.
– Theatrical challenges of text in terms of production skills.
– Personal reaction to the text.
2. Candidates will be asked to analyse an unseen text from a director’s point of view. There are four sections to this paper:
– Ground Plan
– Design/Costume
– Lighting/Sound
– Movement.
This unit is externally marked.
Staff to consult for further information – Mr Owen Thomas – Head of Drama