The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Drama and Theatre consists of two non-examination assessment components and one externally examined paper. Students must complete all assessment by May/June in any single year.
Component 1: Devising
Component 2: Text in Performance
● A group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a performance text.
● A monologue or duologue performance/design realisation from one key extract from a different performance text.
● Centre choice of performance texts
Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practise
Live theatre evaluation – choice of performance.
● Practical exploration and study of a complete performance text – focusing on how this can be realised for performance.
● Practical exploration and interpretation of another complete performance text, in light of a chosen theatre practitioner – focusing on how this text could be reimagined for a contemporary audience.
● Centre choice of 15 performance texts from two lists on the next page.
● Choice of eight practitioners.
Our schemes of work allow students to experience characters from other walks of life.
40% of the qualification
AO1, AO2 and AO4 are assessed.
● Internally assessed and externally moderated.
● There are two parts to the assessment:
1) a portfolio (60 marks, 40 marks assessing AO1 and 20 marks assessing AO4)
The portfolio submission recommendations are: - can be handwritten/typed evidence between 2500–3000 words or recorded/verbal evidence between 12–14 minutes or - can be a combination of handwritten/typed evidence (between 1250–1500 words) and recorded/verbal evidence (between 6–7 minutes).
2) the devised performance/design realisation (20 marks, assessing AO2).
20% of the qualification
AO2 is assessed.
● Externally assessed by a visiting examiner.
● Group performance/design realisation: worth 36 marks.
● Monologue or duologue/design realisation: worth 24 marks.
Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes
40% of the qualification
Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation
20 marks, assessing AO4.
● Students answer one extended response question from a choice of two requiring them to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen in light of a given statement.
● Students are allowed to bring in theatre evaluation notes of up to a maximum of 500 words.
Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text
36 marks, assessing AO3.
● Students answer two extended response questions based on an unseen extract from the performance text they have studied.
● Students will demonstrate how they, as theatre makers, intend to realise the extract in performance.
● Students answer from the perspective of a performer and a designer.
● Performance texts for this section are not allowed in the examination as the extracts will be provided.
Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text
24 marks, assessing AO3.
● Students will answer one extended response question from a choice of two based on an unseen named section from their chosen performance text.
● Students will demonstrate how their re-imagined production concept will communicate ideas to a contemporary audience.
● Students will also need to outline how the work of their chosen theatre practitioner has influenced their overall production concept and demonstrate an awareness of the performance text in its original performance conditions.
● Students must take in clean copies of their performance texts for this section, but no other printed materials.