GCSE Drama

What will I learn?

The course engages and encourages students to become confident performers and designers with the skills they need for a bright and successful future. The course builds in as much opportunity as possible for students to do what they like best – participate in performance. All students devise drama. All students explore texts practically and work on two text-based performances. Students can choose to develop as a performer or as a designer (set, costume, puppets) or as both performer and designer. Whichever option they choose, students can be sure to gather many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand their horizons. Transferable skills students learn are to collaborate with others, think analytically and evaluate effectively. They gain the confidence to pursue their own ideas, reflect and refine their efforts.

A willingness to perform in front of others and good attendance will ensure success on this course due to the continual practical coursework and written demands.

How will I be assessed?

Component One – Understanding drama – Written Exam, 1hour and 45 minutes – 40% of GCSE

This component is a written exam in which students are assessed on their knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and performed, including in connection to a set play and on their ability to analyse and evaluate the live theatre work of others. The paper is divided into three compulsory sections: • Section A: Theatre roles and terminology • Section B: Study of set text • Section C: Live theatre production. In the exam students are expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the subject content.

Component Two – Devising Drama – 40 % of GCSE

This is a practical component in which students are assessed on their ability to create and develop ideas to communicate meaning for theatrical performance, apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance and analyse and evaluate their own work. It is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA. For this component students are required to complete the following two assessment tasks: • produce an individual Devising log documenting the devising process • contribute to a final devised duologue or group performance. The Devising log is marked out of 60. Each student’s contribution to the final devised performance is marked out of 20.

Component Three – Text in Practice – 20 % of GCSE

This component is a practical component in which students are assessed on their ability to apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance.. It is marked by AQA. For this component students must complete two assessment tasks: • study and present a key extract (monologue, duologue or group performance) • study and present a second key extract (monologue, duologue or group performance) from the same play. Each student’s contribution to each key extract performance is marked out of 20

What are the entry requirements?

All committed and interested students are welcome to opt for one of our courses, irrespective of experience. However, a willingness to get involved in group activities and enjoyment of performing in front of others is a basic requirement of this course. This course is not advisable for students who do not like getting up and presenting in front of others. This is a very practical course and your attendance and commitment to extra activities is a basic expectation to develop your skills and discipline in performance. There are regular drama activities at school and we would encourage students to join this as these projects will support the student’s coursework grades.

What are the costs?

The Drama department aim to offer you theatre trips and workshops at a cost to cover travel and tickets for events. Each trip is approximately £25.00 – £30.00.

Various props/costumes for drama pieces may be required.

Is there anything else I need to know?

There is a rich diversity of activities to get involved in from musical theatre, showcases, events at lunchtime and after school as well as visits to the West End and local theatre and cultural events. There are also opportunities to get involved in other extra-curricular opportunities such as working to develop work for an annual showcase of final exam work. GCSE students are expected to be involved in at least one of these activities and at least one performance. This course provides a sound basis for the study of Drama at A-Level or Performing Arts and provides opportunities to develop the key skills of working with others, solving problems and presentation that are invaluable in a wide range of careers.

Exam board: AQA

Who should I contact for extra information?

Course contact:  hayley.wiltshire@mybiddenham.com