Assessment Format: (The assessment is divided into 3 sections)
A581 – Stage to Page (40 marks practical, 20 marks working notebook)
This unit explores a selected play text looking at its social and historical context, the plot and characters. During the unit students will be expected to explore the style and genre used by the playwright resulting in a final performance of a selected extract of the play.
A582 – Drama in the making (40 marks practical, 20 marks working notebook)
This unit explores a theme or issue and how it can be used as a starting point to create an effective and engaging performance. Students will explore the social and historical background of the stimulus and experiment with style and conventions to bring the issue to life. Within this unit students will create a group performance, a solo or paired performance and a third task as either designer or director.
A583 – Concept to creation (60 marks practical, 20 marks working notebook)
This unit happens at the end of the course and is assessed by a visiting examiner. The final assessment expects students to apply all the skills they have learnt during the course in order to create a piece of work based on a stimulus given by the exam board. This piece can be as performer, designer or director.
Students choosing GCSE Drama will also be given opportunities throughout the course to participate in assemblies, Youth Arts Award, Theatre visits and workshops by visiting theatre professionals.