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GCSE Drama
[Exam Board: Edexcel]
 
Why study this course?

GCSE Drama is part of the new suite of GCSEs starting in September 2016.

As well as acquiring the skills involved in creating and performing Drama, you will also be able to acquire skills in working with others, problem solving and communication. You will find that Drama will help you feel more self-confident and prepare you to deal with a range of different situations and people.

 

What content is covered?
Students will be required to display a high level of commitment to the subject and to each other. Most practical lessons take place in a purpose built, well equipped drama studio. We will explore movement, space, script, dramatic styles and some history of theatre. We should have the opportunity to attend public performances and parental encouragement and support would be much appreciated. This is a mainly practical subject and a high level of social interaction and sensitivity is essential.
 
How will I be assessed?

The exam is divided into three components :

Component 1:           Devising Drama                 Coursework worth 30%

Working in groups to produce a piece of devised drama. Students can focus on performance or technical support. A written portfolio will be produced along with the practical work.

Component 2:           Performing a Text Coursework worth 30%

Working in groups to stage extracts from a selected text. Students can focus on performance or technical support. A written portfolio will be produced along with the practical work.

Component 3: Performance and Response Written Exam worth 40%

Students will study a set text and answer questions on how an extract from the text could be realised in performance. Students will also answer a question that evaluates a live performance they have seen as part of their course.

 

Curriculum Maps
for more information on what is taught in each academic year at Key Stage 4 together with the termly assessments, please click on the links below:
Year 10 Curriculum Map
Year 11 Curriculum Map

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