We thrive as an exciting, highly creative and enjoyable subject within the school. The outstanding level of achievement accomplished by our students is the result of inspirational teaching and the wide range of opportunities made available to them. The extensive extra-curricular activities on offer help to support our students in the classroom, enriching their learning and life experience and improving discipline, confidence, creativity and self-motivation.
Students are encouraged to be physically active and imaginative, and to share their creative ideas and opinions with others. In GCSE Drama, the majority of lessons are delivered as practical workshops, teaching students skills such as performing, devising, improvisation, interpretation of texts, exploration of topics, and the technical knowledge required to transform both scripts and their own creative ideas into pieces of performance.
GCSE Drama – Pearson Edexcel (9-1)
The subject content for GCSE Drama will require candidates to study one complete performance text plus two additional key extracts from a second play. Pupils’ ability to apply their understanding and analysis of the complete performance text to create practical ideas for performance, direction and technical design will be assessed through a written examination. Candidates will also participate in two performances, one devised and one text based. The devised piece will be created in response to a stimulus and will require pupils to implement the understanding of different theatrical styles, genres and practitioners they have accrued during the course.
Every week there is at least one homework task set. These tasks will include research projects, learning lines, creative writing and written reflection on the practical exploration. Formal assessments occur throughout the year, at least once every half term.
The course is made up of three components, each of which relate to a different theoretical aspect of the course content:
Component 1: Devising paper - 40% Practical examination (15 marks) with written coursework (45 marks)
Component 2: Performance from Text - 20% performance examination
Component 3: Theatre Practitioners - 40% written examination
This GCSE qualification will of course lend itself to Theatre Studies or Performing Arts courses at A Level or BTEC. It also allows students the opportunity to develop a range of key personal skills and attributes that are integral to many other areas of study: these include presentational skills, confidence, and the ability to collaborate effectively with others.
Beyond GCSE and post-16 studies, university statistics show that Drama graduates have one of the highest employment rates; this is because the subject develops self-confidence and produces well-rounded, articulate people who can adapt their behaviour to suit changing circumstances and approach tasks with a creative mindset.
There are no requirements to access the course. However, a willingness to perform and to apply theoretical studies to practical exploration is critical to success in Drama GCSE.
We offer a series of GCSE surgery sessions where students get one-to-one support from the teaching staff with a focus on coursework and controlled assessment preparation.
We also staff after school rehearsals for the practical examination work, as well as a series of revision sessions in preparation for the written examination.