In GCSE Drama we aim to build upon skills learned in Key Stage 3 and develop them further through challenging and exciting lessons. Students will create and perform their own plays, learn to bring scripted plays to life and understand what makes a great piece of theatre. We currently follow the AQA specification and all students are assessed as peformers.
The course is assessed through practical performances and a written exam at the end of Year 11. Practical assessment can be performing or taking up a technical element. There will be several practical assessments throughout the course giving students every opportunity to apply and extend their knowledge through performing with one assessment being a public performance. Practical assessments make up 40% of their marks. A written portfolio to support the practical learning makes up another 20%.
The written exam will assess their skills, knowledge, understanding of a play studied. The exam makes up 40% of their GCSE. Trips to the theatre are an essential part of the course and numerous theatre trips are organised during the year to further extend their knowledge.
GCSE Course Structure
Year 9 – Foundation Year
Students will be introduced to the full course and will begin to develop the skills needed:
– Introduction to Physical theatre and peforming from a script
– Roles and Responsilibites – design and production roles in theatre
– Studying a set text – “Sparkleshark” by Phillip Ridley
– Devising Drama – starting from a stimulus, students produce their own work
– Live theatre – analysis and evaluation of a live theatre production
Year 10 – Mock Assessment Year
Students will start studying the GCSE exam content and will complete mock exams in each of the three areas of assessment:
– Component one Sec A – Studying the set text “Noughts and Crosses” by Dominic Cooke
– Component three – Texts in Practice – performing a scripted play
– Component two – Devising Drama – creating a devised performance and writing a Devising Log to accompany this
– Component one Sec C – Studying Live theatre productions for the written exam
Year 11 – Examination Year
Term 1: Component Two – Devised Drama – Practical Performance (40%)
Students will complete a devised performance, based on a stimulus and using a more sophisticated style set by the school. The style for Year 11 is BRECHTIAN EPIC THEATRE – so the students will explore the style of Bertolt Brecht and create a piece of theatre in this style. This will be performed and examined, and students will complete a 2500 word Devising Log to accompany the performance
Term 2: Component Three – Texts in Practice- Performance from a Scripted Play (20%)
Students will choose a scripted play, rehearse it and perform it in front of an examiner from AQA. This is the final assessment and will make up 20% of the GCSE.
Term 3: Component One – Revision for Written Exam (40%)
Students will return to their set text and live theatre work to refresh and revise this in preparation for the summer exam.