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Course Information:

Throughout the course students will be introduced to a variety of styles and genres of theatre, exploring how drama can be used to explore themes and issues.  Throughout the course, which is delivered in a very practical way, students will have opportunities to work as not only performers but also designers and directors, depending on their individual strengths and areas of interest.  Students are also expected to produce written evidence as a reflection and analysis of the practical work created.  In each area of the course students are also encouraged to develop the key personal, learning and thinking skills; confidence, creativity, imagination and team work.

What we study in this subject:

  • Understanding and exploring themes, issues and events.
  • Understanding how drama conventions and elements can be used to create performance.
  • Exploring play texts, including style and genre, plot, structure and characters.
  • Analysing and evaluating the work of yourself and others.
  • How the elements and medium of drama are used to communicate to an audience.
  • How design elements, such as sound, lighting, set and costume can be used to enhance performance.
  • To present ideas in various ways.
  • Team work, communication, leadership, confidence, creativity.

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.

Other opportunities:

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.

 

Possible Careers and Further Information:

Almost all courses and future careers require individuals who are able to be team players, effective communicators, confident, creative and self-motivated.  The GCSE Drama course seeks to develop all these skills, whilst at the same time preparing some students to go on to further study in Drama, Theatre Studies and Performing Arts.  In the past students who have studied drama have gone on to achieve successful careers in areas such as law, teaching and public services; as well as careers in the Arts such as acting, stage management and choreography.

 

Further information is available from Mrs F. Finch, Subject Leader, Drama