Performing Arts - Drama
GCSE Drama is a highly practical, challenging and creative course which helps students develop an understanding of many the skills required prepare for and perform a wide range of pieces in a variety of different situations. Working both individually and as part of a group, students will explore a diverse range of plays, situations and characters. They will have the opportunity to create their own work as well as performing in plays written by other people. They will learn about different genres and performance styles and the ways in which performers and designers communicate meaning to an audience through the exploration of drama. Throughout the course, students will develop the confidence to perform both to their peers and to the public, pushing themselves beyond what they initially felt capable of.
The course is made up of three individual units;
i) Written Paper.
ii) Controlled Assessment 1 (Performance)
iii) Controlled Assessment 2 (Performance – externally assessed)
In each unit, students are free to choose from the following disciplines:
ii) Thematic work
iv) Physical theatre
Assessment for the controlled assessment takes into account the student's contribution during the preparation period as well as their final performance.
Teachers are also able to choose which texts they choose for study and they are able to take students to any live theatre production in preparation for the end of year written exam.
Students are assessed through a series of performances and written responses by both their teacher and external moderators. The final written exam is marked by the exam board (AQA).
SKILLS DEVELOPED AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Drama GCSE is a great asset for all careers working with other people, including PR, Advertising, Journalism, Sales, Business Management, Teaching, Speech Therapy and Social Work and all aspects of work in the theatre. Drama will help students acquire skills in working with others, problem-solving and communication, and will develop their imagination, creativity and concentration. These skills are in great demand and are recognised and highly valued by employers and colleagues.
Miss V Matthews – Head of Music
Mr. Jodi Swan - Head of Drama
Mr. Phillip Clark - Teacher of Music / Drama
Mrs. Nicky Norton - Teacher of Dance
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