Component 1: Devising. Teacher assessed practical work, supported by a portfolio of documentary evidence. Students will devise and perform an original piece of Drama based on a given stimulus, they will then analyse and evaluate their devising process in a written portfolio.
Component 2: Performance from text. Students perform two key extracts from a script for a visiting examiner.
Component 3: Theatre makers in practice.
Students will answer 5 questions on a play (An Inspector Calls) which we will practically explore in class. Students will also analyse and evaluate a live piece of theatre, which we will watch during the course.
Component 1: Assessed internally and moderated externally. Worth 40% of the qualification.
Component 2: Assessed externally by a visiting examiner. Worth 20% of the qualification.
Component 3: Assessed by a written examination. (1 hour 45 minutes) Worth 40% of the qualification.
GCSE Drama aims to provide pupils with a range of skills. You will learn practical skills for communication and expression as well as critical skills. You will develop your knowledge of dramatic forms and practitioners and develop an understanding of how this links within social and historical contexts.
The course covers an exploration of key themes, intentions and staging of a set play, you will also have the opportunity to perform key extracts from a range of plays and work collaboratively to devise your own performance. You will learn how creative roles such as; playwrights, performers, directors and designers all contribute to a piece of theatre.
You will acquire skills involved in creating and performing but also develop skills in working with others, problem solving, public speaking and communication, helping you to feel more confident and prepare you for a variety of different situations. With elements of both practical and written work, GCSE Drama provides you with a range of transferable skills which will prepare you for any career or job.
Theatre visits to evaluate drama and learn from theatre professionals.
Careers within the Creative Arts: Actor, director, set designer, sound designer, lighting designer, costume designer, arts administrator, Theatre manager. As well as working in Media, Teaching, Law, Medicine – any career involving contact and communicating with others.