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Head of Department: Mrs C Carrington
Lead Drama Teacher: Mrs H Jeffery
Email: [email protected]
Examination Board: AQA
The course offers students the opportunity to devise (create) drama, explore texts practically and to work on two text-based performances.
In the practical components students may specialise in performing, lighting, sound, set and/or costume.
Whichever option they choose, students can be sure to gather many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand their horizons.
The subject content for GCSE Drama is divided into three components:
Component 1: Written Exam (40%) – an open book exam of 1hr 45mins
Section A: multiple choice questions on knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
Section B: four questions on a given extract from the set play (Blood Brothers – Willy Russell)
Section C: one essay-style question on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production
Component 2: Devising Unit (40%)
During this unit students work in small groups to respond to stimulus, then create and perform their own piece. Students may choose to contribute as a performer or designer.
Alongside the performance (10%) students create a portfolio (30%) of up 2,500 words which describes, analyses and evaluates the creation and development of the performance.
Component 3: Performance (20%)
This consists of a performance of two extracts from one play (this text must contrast to the play examined in the written exam). Students may contribute as a performer or designer to this performance.
Drama offers students the opportunity to explore a range of creative as well as critical thinking skills while engaging and encouraging them to become imaginative and confident performers and designers. It implements and instils key skills applicable to a variety of careers as you learn to present yourself in public with confidence.