Designed to engage pupils through encouraging creativity, focusing on practical work which reflects twenty first century theatre practice by developing skills that will support progression to further study of drama and a wide range of other subjects. Drama GCSE requires candidates to show skills in devising, performance, evaluation and analysis.
There are three components to the 2 year course:
Component One: Devising – 40%
Devising a piece of drama from a given stimulus, analysing and evaluating the process by way of a portfolio (30%). Technical acting or design skills are assessed through public performance (10%). This is internally assessed and externally moderated.
Component Two: Performance from a Text – 20%
Performing and/or designing for performance of 2 key extracts from a given text. Assessed by a visiting examiner. Monologues, duologues and/or group pieces (3-6) selected from the same play.
Component Three: Theatre Makers in Practice – 40%
Understanding and interpreting a set performance text through practical and theoretical exploration. This is a written exam which is made up of 2 sections: Section A has 6 questions requiring short and extended answers about a section of the set text (30%). Section B requires a response to a live theatre performance the students will have seen (10%).
Why Study Drama?
There are many self, life and career enhancing skills to be gained through studying drama, including creativity and imagination, co-operation, working to and meeting tight deadlines, communication and presentation skills and an analytical approach. Pupils studying drama will also have a passion for drama and an interest in how ideas are communicated through performance.
Enrichment opportunities such as productions and showcase evenings, the Shakespeare Schools Festival and National Theatre Connections will enhance and support pupils in their development of skills and understanding. As well as enjoying school trips to the theatre, and watching professional performances in our own Hayworth Theatre, pupils are encouraged to take up opportunities to see and be involved in live theatre performance in their own time. Seeing as many plays as possible, both locally and nationally, increases your understanding and appreciation of dramatic productions and twenty first century theatre practice.