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Course Title : GCSE Drama
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Qualification :GCSE
Grade Range :A*-G

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.

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