WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
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. 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 – these indispensable transferable skills get people jobs. A GCSE in Drama equips you with all these skills and more. Do you want to stand out from the rest?
EXAM BOARD, COURSE CONTENT & ASSESSMENT DETAILS—AQA
You will be working in groups in response to varied stimulus material to communicate ideas in dramatic form. You will study a specific theatrical text with the emphasis on performing and staging techniques. You will have the opportunity to study lighting, set design, sound, costume and props. You will experience live theatre and you may work with professional practitioners in a workshop situation.
Throughout this course, you will be involved in many varied activities that test your skills in all related areas. You will be improvising, examining texts, designing, visiting theatres and working in groups. The emphasis is on individual strengths and interests. This drama course demands a high level of personal motivation and interest.
Practical Assessment 60% of total marks
This will involve the study and performance of two key extracts from one scripted play which are examined at the end of the course, and a group devised piece performed during the course and externally moderated. Part of the requirement will be to create a written devising log.
The Written paper [1hour 45mins] 40% of total marks
The written paper comprises three sections:
Four Multiple choice questions based on Theatre Roles and specialist terminology
Four questions based on an extract from a set text studied on the course.
One two part question on a live production seen.
WHAT CAN THIS COURSE LEAD TO POST 16?
This GCSE provides an excellent foundation, preparing students for the transition to study Drama and Theatre A Level in the Sixth form and supports all university courses.
FOR WHAT CAREERS WILL THIS COURSE BE USEFUL?
· Where leadership and team work are essential skills.
· Where the art of persuasion is sought and enterprise rewarded.
· Where people skills and communication are vital.
· Where skills are appropriate to the diverse requirements of the creative industries which is the biggest employer generating 90 billion a year to the UK economy. This includes all areas of Television, Film and Theatre, where performing, technical and creative ability are central to success.
OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION
Important! If you want to do well in this course you will need to be committed to working outside lesson time. You will benefit from a department that celebrates excellent results.
Contact Miss Angela Davies, Director of Performing and Creative Arts for further information: