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Drama GCSE

Head of Department: Mr J Frost

What is Drama GCSE?

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 help to support our students in the classroom and enrich their learning and life-experience, improving discipline, creativity and self-motivation. This empowers them and helps to develop confidence.

What skills will I develop?

Students are encouraged to be physically active, creative, imaginative and express their own opinion. The Drama GCSE course is at least 60% practical, which means that the vast majority of lessons are practical workshops teaching students skills such as performing, devising, improvisation, interpretation of texts, exploration of topics and the technical knowledge required in order to transform play texts and their own work into pieces of performance.

What syllabus will I follow?

GCSE Drama – Pearson Edexcel (9-1)

What will the course look like?

The subject content for GCSE Drama will require candidates to study one complete performance text plus one additional key extract from a second performance text. The interpretation of the complete performance text will be assessed through written examination. Candidates will also participate in two performances, one devised and one text. The devised piece will be based on the work and methodologies of a theatre practitioner or genre in response to a stimulus provided at the beginning of the course.

What homework will I get?

Every week there is at least one homework task set. These are often part of a research project, a piece of creative writing or a reflection on the practical exploration. Formal assessments occur throughout the year at least once every half term.

How will I be assessed?

The course is made up of three components, each of which relate to a different theoretical aspect of the course taught:

Component 1: Devising paper - 40% practical examination (20 marks) with coursework (40 marks)

Component 2: Performance from Text - 20% performance examination

Component 3: Theatre Practitioners - 40% written examination

What jobs or further courses of study might this lead to?

This GCSE qualification will obviously lend itself to a performing arts or theatrical course at A Level or BTEC. Moreover, it does develop a number of key personal skills that are important across many other areas of study including presentational skills, confidence and collaboration.

Beyond GCSE and post 16 studies: university statistics show 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.

Are there any entry requirements for this course?

There are no requirements to access the course. However, a definite willingness to perform and apply theoretical studies to practical exploration is critical to success on the course.

If I need additional support, what can I access?

We offer a series of GCSE surgery sessions where students get one-to-one support from the teaching staff with a focus towards the coursework and controlled assessment preparation.

We also staff after-school rehearsals for all the examination work as well as a series of revisions sessions in preparation for the written examination.