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Drama GCSE

 

General information

The GCSE Drama course encourages students to develop a personal interest in why Drama matters and be inspired, moved and challenged by studying a broad, coherent, worthwhile and satisfying course of study. Students will work collaboratively in groups with their peers as well as having time to think personally and independently. They will constructively evaluate their own work and the work of others and develop skills in teamwork, communication, reflection and practical techniques.

The GCSE Drama course will develop a firm basis for the student’s future role as active citizens in employment and society in general as well as for the possible further study of Drama.

The Course Structure

The course is divided into three parts:

  • Unit 1: Drama Exploration

In this unit the students will engage in a programme of work that will help them appreciate how a variety of drama activities can be used to deepen their understanding of the drams form. They will explore a theme, topic or issue. Students will write a Documentary Response of no more than 2000 words, reflecting on and evaluating the work completed in the unit.

  • Unit 2: Exploring Play Texts

This unit introduces students to plays written for the Theatre. They will learn how to interpret a play in various ways and understand how a play works in performance. They will complete a Documentary Response of no more than 1000 words reflecting and evaluating the work completed in the unit. During this unit students also get the opportunity to experience a live performance of a play. They will then write a response to this live performance which will be no more than 2000 words.

  • Unit 3: Drama Performance

The end of the course sees students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of practical drama skills through the creation of a piece of live performance. They can show their skills as a performer or as performance support. This unit is externally assessed and all students present their work to an Edexcel Examiner.

Assessment

GCSE Level Examination

Written Documentary Response 25%

Practical Exploration Work 35%

Examined Performance 40%