|Course Title||: GCSE Drama|
Aims of the course
The course will help you to become a confident and independent interpreter of Drama in your own right and it’s not all about acting!
You will need to be a good team player as you recognise the importance of both discipline and co-operation within practical drama and theatre projects as you learn to be a performer or a technical operator.
What will I study? – Course Outline
The specification is robust and complex, and uses the following strategies and techniques that build on the work undertaken at key stage 3
- Expressing in an active and exciting way
- Working in a group
- Contributing ideas and taking on board those of others
- Exploring ideas by in other people’s shoes
- Playing many parts in different imaginary situations
- Creating individual drama work
- Looking at plays written by other people
You will have had experience of Drama during Key Stage 3 in Drama lessons, school productions and, perhaps, in English lessons. You may also be a member of an external drama club outside of school. Any of these experiences can help if you choose Drama as a GCSE subject. You will develop your improvisation and acting skills to a higher level. You will also look at plays in more detail and at different ways of bringing a script to life on stage
How will I be assessed?
Unit 1: Devising Theatre
Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated 40% of qualification 60 marks
Unit 2: Performing from a Text
Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner 20% of qualification 60 marks
Unit 3: Interpreting Theatre
Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 40% of qualification 60 marks
A series of questions a set text and one question from a choice of two requiring analysis and evaluation of a given aspect of a live theatre production seen during the course.
Progression following this course. What’s next?
Drama & Performing Arts provides a worthwhile course for pupils from diverse backgrounds in terms of general education and lifelong learning. This course lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Drama in GCE Advanced Subsidiary/Advanced in Drama
Future career opportunities
This course is ideal for students who want to progress at a practical level into the Performing Arts industry. It is a demanding course and should only be considered if you are willing and able to take part in practical events both on and off-stage. It is also an ideal subject to take if you wish to develop your confidence, learn independently and work in a team – all of which are good qualities for any further study or career opportunity.