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Why choose Drama?

GCSE Drama offers students the opportunities to develop their practical skills and to enhance their appreciation and understanding of live productions and a range of play texts. It enables students to create and explore fictional contexts in order to reflect on their own and others’ experience and understanding of the world; it encourages imaginative and analytical thinking and can play an important part in equipping students for the demands of society.

Storytelling is a fundamental part of human nature and so it can be used to support teaching and learning across the curriculum. Drama allows pupils to encourage diversity, inclusion, tolerance and acceptance, as well as exploring the perspectives and experiences of cultures from around the world.

Assessment overview

This Qualification consists of three components of study:

Component 1- Understanding Drama- 40%

Component 2- Devising Drama- 40%

Component 3- Text in Practice- 20%

Practical assessments and Non- Exam-Assessed coursework

During the course students will undertake various assessed performances; in Year 10 there will be a Devised performance (Meaning students work in a group to create their own play collaboratively) which will respond to a stimulus set by the teacher, attached to this is the written NEA, the students’ creative journey of how they created, developed and realised their ideas for performance. The final performance assessed is the scripted text in practice; students have the chance to read and study a plethora of plays before choosing one that they showcase the skills learnt on the course by interpreting their extracts for a visiting examiner.

The Written Exam

The written exam gives students the opportunity to understand theatre roles and responsibilities, staging and stage positions-transferable skills across the whole course. The study of a set text allows students to explore a text through practical workshops, in the exam students are asked about how they might interpret roles using their acting skills. The live theatre review is a fundamental part of the course; visits to local theatres are integral to developing students’ knowledge of how theatre is created.