Drama GCSE is an academic course that allows students to develop their creative and analytical skills in both a practical and theoretical way. Employers look upon this as a valuable qualification as it hones skills in communication, team work, and builds confidence.
Lessons include practical assessed workshops where students are assessed on their contributions and understanding of the text/stimulus being explored. They then consolidate this knowledge in controlled assessment work that can take the form of pictures and diagrams with written explanation.
Syllabuses (Course Outline and Structure)
We offer Edexcel GCSE Drama which is a 2 year course.
Students starting GCSE in September 2012 onwards will follow the Linear 2012 specification which can be found at:
Unit 1: Exploring Stimuli 30%
Unit 2: Exploring Play Texts 30%
Unit 3: Practical Exam 40%
Units 1 and 2:
Activities and Trips
You will have homework as preparation for your coursework and rehearsal time for your final exam so you must be prepared to put in extra hours outside of lessons.
It is a course requirement that students attend a live theatre performance as part of their Unit 2 coursework. We try to go to local venues to reduce travel costs (Warwick Arts Centre, Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, etc.) and we often get school rate discount on tickets. Usually this trip costs a total of £10-15.
Complimentary Subject Combinations and Enrichment Activities
There are many links between Drama and English where you also explore play texts. Studying plays practically allows you to analyse texts as they were meant to be performed from a dramatic point of view.
Drama links well with other areas of the Arts such as Music, Art and Art Photography. If students are part of extra-curricular Drama or Performing Arts groups they will find that this will enhance their work in this area.
For the performance exam students are given a ‘Performance Brief’ which provides a starting point for their performance work.
There are Edexcel Student Guides available via the Edexcel website that provide detailed explanations of strategies, practitioners, styles and forms of theatre as well as some background information in to theatre history. They also include examiners tips and coursework hints.
Snipit of performance – this is on my external hard drive – I will bring it up to you when you want it
For More information email, Miss S Owen, Head of Drama.