Specification at a glance

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students undertake all non-exam assessment (NEA) in the certification year and sit the written exam at the end of the course.

Subject content

The subject content details the knowledge, understanding and skills that students are expected to develop throughout the course of study.

The subject content for AS Drama and Theatre is divided into two components:

  1. Interpreting drama
  2. Process and performance

Guidance is also provided on the theatrical skills students will need to work on.

In the practical component students may specialise in performing, lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets and/or directing.


Component 1: Interpreting drama

What's assessed

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
  • Study of one set play from a choice of seven
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • Open book
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of AS


  • Section A: one two part question (from a choice) on a given extract from the set play chosen (25 marks per part, 50 marks in total)
  • Section B: one two part question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (30 marks)

Component 2: Process and performance (practical)

What's assessed

  • Practical exploration and theatrical interpretation of two extracts (Extract 1 and 2) each taken from a different play

Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to Extract 2

Extract 2 is to be performed as a final assessed piece (students may contribute as performer, designer or director)

  • Portfolio evidencing interpretive process and analysis and evaluation of performance

How it's assessed

  • Performance of Extract 2 (30 marks)
  • Portfolio (30 marks)
  • 60 marks in total
  • 60% of AS
This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.