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Eduqas GCE AS/A level Drama
and Theatre
First teaching: 2016
First assessment:
AS - 2017
A level - 2018
Specification Highlights
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Two practical components and one exam at A level
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Three practical performances at A level (two at AS) covering two of
the three text extracts specified in the DFE Subject Content
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Opportunities to act and/or design in both practical components to
suit learner interests and abilities
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Mixture of internal and external assessment of practical work
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Exciting and inspiring set texts, including several women playwrights
and contemporary texts
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Free choice of text for performance
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Open book exam at AS and A level
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AS and A level designed to be co-taught either as one year AS or as
two year AS
Overview of Components at A level
A level Drama and Theatre
Component 1: Theatre Workshop 60 marks (20%)
Internally assessed, externally moderated by WJEC
Learners produce:
• a realisation of a reinterpretation of a text
• a creative log
Component 2: Text in Action 120 marks (40%)
Externally assessed by a visiting examiner between February and May
Learners produce:
• a devised piece
• a text piece
• a process and evaluation report
Component 3: Text in Performance 120 marks (40%)
Written exam
2 hours 30 minutes
Two complete texts
One extract from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
Assessment Objectives
AO1 20% (Process)
Create and develop ideas to communicate meaning as part of the theatre making
process, making connections between dramatic theory and practice
AO2 30% (Performance/Design)
Apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance
AO3 30% (Exam)
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is
developed and performed
AO4 20% (NEA and exam)
Analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others
A level Assessment Objectives
AO1
AO2
Component 1:
10%
10%
30 marks
30 marks
Component 2:
10%
30 marks
AO4
10%
60 marks
30 marks
20%
30%
60
marks
90
marks
Total
20%
60 marks
20%
Component 3::
Overall weighting
AO3
30%
10%
90 marks
30 marks
30%
20%
90 marks
60 marks
40%
120 marks
40%
120 marks
100%
300 marks
Overview of DFE requirements in the
level specifications
A
DFE A level Subject Content
Eduqas A level Drama and Theatre
Two complete texts
Component 3 written exam
Three extracts from three different texts
One text in every component
Two theatre practitioners or companies
One in each of Components 1 and 2
Component 1: Theatre Workshop (A level)
A level (20%) 60 marks
AO1 and AO2
Learners study one extract from a text
One theatre practitioner or company
Reinterpreted text performance
5-14 minutes depending on the size of the group
2-5 actors and up to 4 additional designers each offering a different
design skill
One creative log 1200-1500 words
Text re-interpretation
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Learners study a 10-15 minute extract form a text on the list provided
at the back of the specification
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Learners deconstruct the text to create an original piece of theatre
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Learners use the working methods and techniques of their chosen
practitioner or theatre company
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30%-70% of the final piece must contain dialogue from the chosen
play text
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Learners may:
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change the context of the text
change the intended audience
change the order of dialogue
change the characters who say the dialogue
add in or take away characters
change character motivation
The Creative Log
• This is a working document which addresses AO1.a. create and
develop ideas to communicate meaning as part of the theatre making
process and AO1.b. making connections between dramatic theory
and practice
• The log must include an explanation of the creative process AO1.a
• However, it is not a descriptive commentary of the rehearsal process
• All research must be linked to the final piece of theatre produced
AO1.b
• However, it is not a narrative of the practitioner's methods or of the
live theatre viewed in preparation for the assessment (AS only)
• The log need not be a continuous piece of prose and may contain
annotated research, diagrams, photographs, sound clips,
sketches, charts, visual images etc
Designers
• Designers must contribute fully to the devising and preparation of the
piece of theatre
• There is no requirement for designers to do a viva in this component
as they will put their ideas in the creative log
• Operation of technical equipment is not assessed
• There is a list of minimum requirements for design candidates in the
specification
• The design should reflect the practitioner
Assessment of Component 1 (AO1)
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AO1 is assessed by looking at both the creative log and the finished
piece of theatre together to award one mark for each of AO1.a and
AO1.b.
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The assessment grid is almost identical for performers and designers
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In both, teachers must assess how the piece has taken shape and
not the skills used to realise the piece in performance, as they are
assessed in AO2. This includes:
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how well ideas have been developed
the choice and use of dramatic conventions, forms and techniques
planning of the performance space
use of proxemics
rehearsal and refinement
choice of design features e.g. lighting, sound, set, costume and make-up
planning of design cues to complement the action
the learner's individual contribution to the making of the piece
how the text is interpreted to convey meaning through structure,
characterisation and mood and atmosphere
how the practitioner or company methods and techniques have been used to
make the piece of theatre
Assessment of Component 1 (AO2)
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AO2 assesses performing/design skills
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There are separate assessment grids for performers and designers
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Learners are assessed on
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application of skills
their individual contribution to the performance
communication of artistic intentions
their interpretation of character/scene
Component 2: Text in Action (A level)
Component 2
(40%) 120 marks
Externally assessed by a visiting examiner
Learners study one extract
Learners view at least one piece of live theatre
1. Devised piece based on theatre practitioner or company
2. Text piece in a style chosen by the learner
Both pieces are based on a stimulus provided by WJEC
6-14 minutes for each piece depending on group sizes
Group sizes 2-4 actors with up to 2 additional designers, each offering a different
design skill
Process and evaluation report completed by one week after the practical work and
sent to visiting examiner
5 min viva (design candidates only)
Content
• This Component is very similar to DA3 in the legacy specification
• Learners research their chosen practitioner and devise a piece of theatre
based on a stimulus set by WJEC
• Learners use the same stimulus to influence their text piece
• The text piece can use different and varied stylistic influences
• There must be contrast between the two pieces
• Designers must contribute fully to the development of both pieces
• The report may be started during the process but needs to be completed
after the final performances
• The report may contain a limited amount of sketches, photos etc
Assessment of Component 2
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AO1.a create and develop ideas to communicate meaning as part of the theatre
making process is assessed through the final pieces of theatre. The visiting examiner
will assess whether the piece is well structured, with evidence of rehearsal and planning
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AO1.b making connections between dramatic theory and practice is assessed
through the process report. The report should explain how the practitioner methods have
been used.
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AO2 apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance is
assessed similarly to Component 1
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AO4 analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others is assessed
through the report. Learners must analyse the process and the final performance/design
including how live theatre seen in preparation for the course influenced their own work.
Designers
• Design candidates are required to give a 5-10 minute presentation of
their design to the visiting examiner
• This is to ensure that the examiner is familiar
with all the evidence
• The examiner may ask questions
• There is a list of minimum requirements for design candidates
Component 3: Text in Performance (A level):
The written exam
A level 40% 120 marks
One complete performance text from the pre 1956 list:
The Trojan Women, Euripides
As You Like It, William Shakespeare
Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen
Machinal, Sophie Treadwell
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams
One complete performance text from the post 1956 list:
Saved, Edward Bond
Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Dario Fo
Racing Demon, David Hare
Love and Information, Caryl Churchill
Chimerica, Lucy Kirkwood
One extract from:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon adapted by Simon Stephens
The Component 3 Exam
A level Exam 120 marks
Section A: (40 marks)
A series of questions on an extract from one of the complete texts
(The questions will be on either the pre-1956 text or the post 1956 text.)
Section B: (40 marks)
An essay question on the second complete text
(The question will be on either the pre-1956 text or the post 1956 text.)
Section C: (40 marks)
A question on the set extract.
Component 3 (A level):
Section A:
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There will be staged questions with increasing number of marks on
one or two extracts from the text
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Structural support will be minimal at A level
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Learners should consider:
 interpretation of character (e.g. through motivation and
interaction)
 vocal and physical performing skills including interaction
 interpretation of design elements of sound
Component 3 (A level):
Section B
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An essay focussing on how the text can be adapted for a
contemporary audience. Learners should consider:
 the social, historical and cultural context of the text
 the influence of contemporary theatre practice
 how live theatre, seen as part of the course, influences their decision
making and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and
performed
 how the text approaches its theme.
Component 3 (A level): Section C
• Learners will study a 10-15 minute extract from The Curious
Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
• A question on the specified extract analysing and evaluating how the
text can be performed in the theatre. Learners will be expected to
approach the text as theatre performers, directors and designers.
• The extract will be released on March 1st
• Learners should consider:
 different types of stage
 character positioning and movement/proxemics
 design elements including:
 sound
 lighting
 set and props
 costume, hair and make-up.
Assessment of Component 3 (A level)
AO3
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is
developed and performed
AO4
Analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others
A level Exam 120 marks
AO3
30%
90 marks
AO4
10%
30 marks
Sections A, B and C
Sections B and C
Assessment of Component 3 (A level)
Understanding the mark scheme
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All answers are marked against bands of achievement
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Assessors look for a best fit
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Indicative content is included for each text
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Responses not included in the mark scheme will be considered
Overview of Components at AS level
AS Drama and Theatre
Component 1: Performance Workshop 120 marks (60%)
Internally assessed, externally moderated by WJEC
Learners produce:
• a realisation of an extract from a text
• a realisation/reinterpretation of an extract from a contrasting text
• two creative logs
• an evaluation
Component 2: Text in Context 80 marks (40%)
Written Exam
1 hour 30 minutes
One set text
AS Assessment Objectives
Component 1:
AO1
AO2
20%
40 marks
AO4
Total
30%
10%
60 marks
20 marks
60%
120 marks
Component 2:
Overall weighting
AO3
30%
10%
60 marks
20 marks
20%
30%
30%
20%
40 marks
60 marks
60 marks
40 marks
40%
80 marks
100%
200 marks
Overview of DFE requirements in the AS
level specifications
DFE AS Subject Content
Eduqas AS Drama and Theatre
One complete text
Component 2 written exam
Two extracts from two different texts
Component 1 non-exam assessment
One practitioner or theatre company
Component 1 non-exam assessment
Component 1: Performance Workshop (AS level)
AS level (60%) 120 marks
AO1, AO2 and AO4
Learners study two 10-15 minute extracts from two different texts
One theatre practitioner or company
View at least one piece of live theatre
1. Text Performance
2. Reinterpreted text performance
Monologue permitted for text performance
2-14 minutes for each piece depending on the size of the group
1 (2)-5 actors and up to 4 additional designers each offering a different design
skill
Two creative logs 1000-1200 words each
Evaluation 1200-1500 words
Text re-interpretation & The Creative Log
The same as for the A level, but a different word count for the creative logs
Performance from a Text (AS only)
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Learners prepare a faithful interpretation of a text
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There is no requirement to use a practitioner/company
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Learners may prepare a 2 minute monologue
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DFE subject content requires
learners to study a 10-15 minute
extract and even though the
performance may be much shorter,
the creative log and the evaluation
must clearly demonstrate that the
whole extract has been considered
The Evaluation (AS only)
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After completing the final performance learners evaluate the
process and final performance/design of the reinterpreted text
performance only
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This must be continuous prose and between 1200 and 1500 words
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Learners should write the evaluation in two sections; evaluation of
process and evaluation of performance/design
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Learners must consider:
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how the practitioner/company methods were used in creating
the piece
conventions forms and techniques used to create the piece
their performance/design skills
their own contribution to the final piece of theatre
how live theatre influenced their performance/design.
Assessment of Component 1 (AO4) (AS only)
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There is one assessment grid for both performers and designers
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The evaluation is only for the reinterpreted text piece
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Learners analyse and evaluate:
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the influence of theatre practitioner/company
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the influence of live theatre
the dramatic and design conventions, forms and
techniques employed
their own contribution to the development and
performance of the piece
the application of performance or design skills
how well they rehearsed and refined their work.
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Component 2: Text in Context (AS level):
The written exam
AS level 40% 80 marks
One complete performance text from the pre 1956 list:
The Trojan Women, Euripides
As You Like It, William Shakespeare
Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen
Machinal, Sophie Treadwell
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams
Component 2 Exam (AS level)
AS Exam 80 marks
Section A:
A series of questions on one extract from the chosen text (50
marks)
A question focusing on the whole text (30 marks)
Assessment of Component 2 (AS level)
AO3
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is
developed and performed
AO4
Analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others
AS Exam 80 marks
AO3
30%
60 marks
AO4
10%
20 marks
Section A
Section A
Component 2 (AS level): Section A
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The majority of questions will focus on one extract from the text
although there will always be one question on the whole text
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Questions will have structural support indicating what the response
should include
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Questions will be on subject content included in specification
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There will be one question requiring learners to analyse and
evaluate the text
 Analyse – identify and investigate concepts
 Evaluate – assess the merit, or weigh up the options
Component 2 (AS level): Section A
Learners must consider:
• the theatrical processes and practices involved in interpreting and
performing theatre
• how conventions, forms and techniques are used in drama and live
theatre to create meaning
• how creative and artistic choices influence how meaning is
communicated to an audience
• how performance texts are constructed to be performed, conveying
meaning through
• how performance texts are informed by their social, cultural and
historical contexts, and are interpreted and performed for an audience.
Assessment of Component 2 (AS level)
Understanding the mark scheme
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All answers are marked against bands of achievement
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Assessors look for a best fit
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Indicative content is included for each text
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Responses not included in the mark scheme will be considered
Comparison of Component 1: Performance Workshop/Theatre Workshop
AS (60%) 120 marks
AO1, AO2 and AO4
A level (20%) 60 marks
AO1 and AO2
Learners study two 10-15 minute extracts
from two different texts
Learners study one 10-15 minute extract from
a text
One theatre practitioner or company
One theatre practitioner or company
View at least one piece of live theatre
1. Text Performance
2. Reinterpreted text performance
1. Reinterpreted text performance
Monologue permitted for text performance
2-14 minutes for each piece depending on
the size of the group
5-14 minutes depending on the size of the
group
1 (2)-5 actors and up to 4 additional
designers each offering a different design
skill
2-5 actors and up to 4 additional designers
each offering a different design skill
Two creative logs 1000-1200 words each
One creative log 1200-1500 words
Evaluation 1200-1500 words
Comparison of Written Exams at AS (Component 2) and
A level (Component 3 )
AS Exam 80 marks
A level Exam 120 marks
Section A:
A series of questions on one extract from
the chosen text (50 marks)
A question focusing on the whole text (30
marks)
Section A: (40 marks)
A series of questions on an extract from
one of the complete texts
(The questions will be on either the pre1956 text or the post 1956 text.)
Section B: (40 marks)
An essay question on the second
complete text
(The question will be on either the pre1956 text or the post 1956 text.)
Section C: (40 marks)
A question on the set extract.
Comparison of the written exams at AS and A
level
AO3
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is
developed and performed
AO4
Analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others
AS Exam 80 marks
A level Exam 120 marks
AO3
30%
60 marks
AO4
10%
20 marks
AO3
30%
90 marks
AO4
10%
30 marks
Section A
Section A
Sections A, B and C
Sections B and C
Resources for Teachers
Supporting teaching and learning
• We are making resources to support teaching and learning. These include:
 an online resource for AS and A level Component 1 (text
reinterpretation)
 an online resource for designers to use in all practical components
 Notes on each set text
 teacher’s guide
 term plans
Resources for Teachers
Supporting teaching and learning
www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/drama-and-theatre/as-a-level/
Free subject specific resources available for all to download from our website
resources.eduqas.co.uk
Free Eduqas digital resources to support the teaching and learning of a broad range of
subjects.
oer.wjec.co.uk
Our free Online Exam Review allows teachers to analyse item level data, critically
assess sample question papers and receive examiner feedback.
EXAMINING FOR WJEC EDUQAS
• We value the contribution you as experienced teachers and lecturers make in
assessing students’ work, ensuring that candidates are given a fair result
which accurately reflects their ability
• We appoint examiners to mark externally assessed work and moderators to
review the original marking of teachers for internally assessed components or
units
• We provide face-to-face training for examiners and moderators (appointees)
prior to assessment work commencing
• Our senior examiners and subject officers provide support and advice during
the assessment period
www.eduqas.co.uk/examiners
APPLICATION PROCESS
• Complete an application using the on-line application system available on the
Appointees page of the WJEC website
• Once you have completed the initial registration, please make sure that you
validate your email account so that you can complete the application process
• When you have completed your application, remember to click ‘submit’ on
the homepage, to complete the process
• Remember to inform your referee of your application, as sometimes delays
occur due to referees not completing the reference section
• On rare occasions, applicants may not be accepted due to a lack of relevant
teaching experience
• Applicants may re-apply once they have gained sufficient experience
• Some applicants will be approved, but may have to wait on the reserve list
until a suitable vacancy arises
Any Questions?
Contact our specialist Subject Officers and administrative team for your
subject with any queries.
[email protected] (Subject Officer)
[email protected] (Subject Support Officer)
[email protected] (Subject Support Officer)
@eduqas
eduqas.co.uk