Course Overview

The A Level Drama course is divided into four units.

Unit 1 - Performance Workshop 40% of the AS practical performance (80 marks).

Unit 2 - Text in Performance 60% of the AS - written paper two hour paper (120 marks.)

Unit 3 - Performance on a Set Theme - practical (150 marks) - 60% of A2 studies.

Candidates will be expected to work in response to a theme set by WJEC and prepare two performances. In each case candidates will either act or demonstrate a technical production skill with a group of performers. You will be assessed in three ways:

  • Scenes / extracts from a published text that is related to your theme.
  • A piece devised by the group that is related to your theme .
  • A written evaluation of the performance work for both pieces will be required to be undertaken in examination conditions within 24 hours of the performance .

The unit is externally marked . A visiting examiner examiner will attend the performances and the written evaluation will be sent away for moderation .

Unit 4- Text in Context 40% of the written A2 studies - written paper- 2.5 hour paper (80 marks).

1. Two set texts
One pre 1900- Electra by Sophocles
One post 1900- Two shorter plays by Caryl Churchill, A Number and Far Away.

This is an open text examination - candidates will be asked to discuss the plays as a whole, including the following aspects:

  • theatrical context
  • performance history
  • theatrical challenges of text in terms of acting
  • theatrical challenges in terms of production skills
  • personal reaction to the text

2.Directorial analysis of an unseen text.
There will be four sections to the paper:

  • ground plan
  • design / costume
  • lighting/sound
  • movement

The unit is externally marked.

Entry Requirements

Learners are expected to have achieved seven GCSE grades of grade C and above for acceptance onto this course (including preferably a grade B in English.)

Learners are also required to have a keen interest in performing and the development of dramatic skills. No previous experience in the subject is necessary.

Course Delivery

The AS and A2 course is taught at the Arts centre at the college's Gorseinon campus and is based on 4.5 hours of teaching throughout the academic year.

Each learner is assessed by the tutors and through external moderation and examination by external examiners of the WJEC.

Progression Opportunities

Learners studying A Level Drama have progressed onto studying at leading drama colleges such as RADA, LAMDA , Bristol Old Vic and The Central School of Speech and Drama. Many learners go on to study drama at university.

Additional Information

A studio fee of £100 is charged as a contribution towards theatre visits and workshops.


Rosalind Taylor on 01792 890700

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