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Achieving in Eduqas A-Level Drama And Theatre

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This course is designed for teachers looking to raise student attainment levels Eduqas A level Drama. Equal emphasis will be on each on each of the three components and offer a range of strategies to help students achieve their best possible grade. The course will provide a range of teaching approaches and materials designed to maximise the potential for students across the full ability range in the EDUQAS A level Drama and Theatre specification. You will find out more about the key areas of challenge and ways these can be effectively taught to inspire excellent learning in students and help them to overcome these hurdles. You will explore what the key skills are that students need to develop in order to work these sections effectively, and how to help students to develop strategies to respond to questions on set works and unprepared extracts


  • Take away approaches and techniques on what your students need to do to attain 1 grade higher
  • Find out more about the characteristics of A/A* students
  • Take away an effective 2 year programme with A/A* grade focus at the centre
  • Find out more on what is takes to write successful at A-Level
  • Develop practical strategies for meeting the requirements of the higher bands across all Components
  • Explore exemplar materials to identify characteristics of outstanding work


Structuring Your Two Year Course For Success – Key Points

10.00 – 10.30am
  •  Structuring the course – key points

A-Level Component 3 Section A

10.30 – 11.15pm
  • The demands of Component 3
  • The new set texts
  • Section A (40 marks) teaching approaches and methods for Section A including interpretation of character
  • Breaking down the questions – focus on the demands of the question only
  • Exceptional answers and less successful answers
  • Possible design activities
  • Examplar material
  • How to include influences of live theatre in a meaningful and effective way
  • How to approach the design element

Morning Break

11.15 – 11.30am

Component 3: Section B (40 marks)

11.30 – 12.15pm
  • Challenges to attaining a top grade
  • What makes a Grade A/A* practical reinterpretation?
  • Approaches to the Practical workshop with your able students
  • Excelling in the creative log

Achieving Well in Section C (40 marks)

12.15 – 1.00pm
  • Key essentials – what to expect
  • What makes a successful response and a less successful response?
  • What do successful students do differently?
  • Examining examplar material


1.00 – 2.00pm

Component 2: Text in Action

2.00 – 3.00pm
  • Key messages from 2023m including responses to the set stimuli
  • Feedback, style, areas to consider, language & dialogue, theme/plot
  • Practical approaches and methods for the rehearsal process
  • Practical strategies for the design elements
  • Refining and fine-tuning – key points to consider for a polished piece of work
  • Focus on physical and vocal skills
  • Design and design considerations
  • Key Summary Points for Component 2 & discussion of examplars

Afternoon Break

3.00– 3.10pm

A-Level Component 1 – Theatre Workshop

3.10 – 3.30pm
  • Key points and key messages for students to succeed in Component 1
  • Teaching approaches and methods for supporting students with their Creative Log
  • Discussing and analysing successful and less successful performances

Final Thoughts: What Your Students Need to Do To Access the Top Grades

3.30 – 3.50pm
  • Identifying characteristics of outstanding work in exemplar materials
  • Strategies for keeping the most able on track
  • Developing high ability students’ knowledge, understanding and high quality skills
  • Standing out from the crowd in each component





London |Thursday 30 November 2023

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London | Thursday 30 November 2023

This course, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.


Beverley Roblin is an experienced Head of Faculty having established and developed a number of highly successful, sector leading Performing Arts departments in schools She has been the principal examiner for both EDUQAS/WJEC GCSE drama for a number of years and has been involved in delivering CPD training and preparing resources for teachers on all aspects of course. She is also part of the team responsible  for training examiners and moderators ensuring they meet the required standards. She is an experienced A-level teacher and an A-level examiner for EDUQAS/ WJEC. Beverley has also written  a number of educational drama  texts and resources for schools. She has worked extensively with a number of Arts organisations, including the Royal Court and is currently on the board of their Drama in Schools working party.


  • Teachers of EDUQAS A-Level Drama and Theatre
  • Heads of Drama Departments
  • Directors of Faculties of Performing Arts
  • Senior leaders with responsibility for the Arts


  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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