The Drama team comprises:
Miss Angela Davies (Head of Department and Director of Performing & Creative Arts)
Miss Bernie Collins
GCSE Drama is taught in the fully-equipped air-conditioned Studio. Facilities in the studio include full black out, sound system, lighting facility and two image projectors. It is a versatile performance space for all students.
GCSE Drama is an exciting, creative and challenging course designed for students to meet the demands of their future role as active citizens in employment and society in general, as well as for the possible further study of drama and related areas.
The ability to speak and act in public with confidence, think independently, write and communicate effectively, adapt to new situations, improvise on the spot, organise and collaborate in a team are indispensable skills that get people employment. A GCSE in Drama equips you with all these skills and more.
What do students study?
Drama is offered as an option at Key Stage 4 where students have two 1 hour lessons per week.
This is a popular and challenging two year course where students will:
- Work in groups in response to varied stimulus material to communicate ideas in dramatic form.
- Study a specific theatrical text with the emphasis on performing and staging techniques.
- Explore and study the production elements of lighting, set design, sound, costume and props.
- Experience live theatre and may have the opportunity to work with professional practitioners in a workshop situation.
- Develop their writing skills to reflect and evaluate their work and the work of others.
- Develop a confident ability to critique a performance using appropriate specialist terminology.
GCSE Drama also develops skills essential in the workplace such as creative thinking, literacy, organising, presentation, team work, negotiation, planning, research and working to deadlines.
How are students assessed?
Drama GCSE follows the AQA specification. Students are assessed as follows:
Controlled Assessment 50% of total marks
This will involve the presentation of two performance options from the following:
Devised thematic work, acting, improvisation, theatre in education, physical theatre, set design, costume, make-up, props, masks, puppets, lighting, sound.
The Written paper (1hour 30mins) 50% of total marks
The written paper comprises 3 sections:
(a) practical work completed during the course
(b) study and performance of a scripted play
(c) study of a live production seen.
Students answer question 1 from section A and choose one further question from section B or C.
Contact Miss Angela Davies, Director of Performing and Creative Arts for further information: