This revised and updated course is focussed on meeting the demands of the higher level marking bands across all three of the specification components in Edexcel Drama and Theatre Studies Specification. It will focus on exploring the characteristics of work produced by students working at the highest levels and explore a range of teaching materials designed to ensure that students achieve the top grades of A and A*.


  • Understand the assessment demands of the Edexcel A Level Drama and Theatre Studies specification
  • Develop practical strategies for meeting the requirements of the higher bands across all Components
  • Explore exemplar materials to identify characteristics of outstanding work
  • Increase confidence in preparing candidates to achieve the highest outcomes
  • Consider lessons learnt from the first examination series in 2018 and 2019
COURSE DATES London | Monday 1 July 2019
London | Thursday 17 October 2019
  • Teachers of Drama and Theatre Studies in Secondary and Post Compulsory sectors
  • Heads of Drama Department
  • Directors of Faculties of Performing Arts
  • Senior leaders with responsibility for the Arts
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 11.00am
Focus on Assessment Demands

  • Examine the assessment demands of all components including the use of assessment objectives as a framework for assessment
  • Consider the most effective models for delivery of the course to ensure effective assessment practise across 2 years
  • Review characteristics of a successful A Level student in the context of this specification
  • Consider lessons learnt from 2018 examination series for Grade A and A* students
  • Clarify the requirements of the range of questions in the written exam to ensure the most able students can meet this to the highest level

11.00 – 11.15am
Discussion: coffee break

11.15 – 1.00pm
Achieving Successful Outcomes in Non Examined Assessment: Components 1 and 2

  • Explore an exemplar scheme of work and build a tool kit for teaching success
  • Examine exemplar portfolios and develop understanding of the characteristics of the most successful candidates
  • Consider the characteristics of the most effective student performance
  • Examine the links between text and practitioner to support highly effective devising
  • Examine the implications of the Principal Examiner’s report for planning teaching and assessment for the most able

1.00 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 3.15pm
Focus on the Demands of the Component 3 Written Paper

  • Practical strategies for developing a strong understanding of the page to stage process
  • Answering the 20, 24 and 36 mark questions: what does a grade A/A* candidate need to do?
  • Examine strong exemplar responses to the focussed extract questions for Section B – prepare students to respond as a performer and designer to A and A* level
  • Understanding effective production concepts for Section C – how to support students twrite as a director to an excellent standard
  • Evaluating live theatre performance excellently for Section A
  • Understand the highest demands of outstanding use of theatrical language – what examiners expect to see from A and A* students

3.15 – 3.20pm: Discussion: afternoon tea

3.20 – 3.45pm
Plenary and depart

  • Develop an action plan for success for students aiming for top grades
  • Review delivery models to focus on the demands of assessment, including exam technique for the most able
  • Consider the range of learning resources available to support teachers of the Edexcel specification

Emma Hollis

Emma has wide ranging experience of teaching and learning, working in a range of secondary schools and post 16 institutions specialising in delivering curriculum solutions in English and the Performing Arts and leading high performing faculties to success. Since 2004, Emma has developed a career in initial teacher training, leadership and challenge, and inspection and advisory work supporting curriculum modeling and collaborative quality assurance. In Arts Education settings Emma worked as a Creative Agent, Researcher and Evaluator. Emma is a highly experienced trainer designing and delivering programmes on a range of areas of school improvement. Emma is also a senior examiner for the market leading A Level Theatre Studies specification, a trained assessor both for Arts Mark and Arts Award schemes and an Ofqual Subject Expert. In 2011 Emma established her own training and consultancy company delivering a range of contracts across public and private sectors. Emma is a badged Ofsted Inspector working on both schools and initial teacher training remits as well as a secondary school Governor and Charitable Trustee.

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Edexcel Drama