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Exam Board: EDEXCEL
Course: GCSE Drama (2DR01)
Teacher of Drama:
Mr. M. Hardcastle
Drama is taught to all pupils in KS3 and as an option at KS4. Currently, there are two groups in Year 11 and 2 groups in Year 10 studying GCSE. Pupils have the opportunity within drama lessons to develop their self confidence, social skills and communication skills. They also have the opportunity to be involved in performances from taking part in assemblies, to much larger scale performances including the school play.
Trips AND Visits
This year, the department took pupils to see:
“Blood Brothers” and “Frankenstein”
KEY STAGE 3
Pupils undertake topic based work. Pupils explore issues through drama learning skills and applying them in performance. Emphasis is placed on working collaboratively with others, developing social skills and building confidence. Some of the topics covered include taking responsibility; diary; trust and rebellion.
KEY STAGE 4
Pupils follow the AQA Drama course with 60% practical work and 40% written examination. For the practical element, pupils perform 3 practical pieces during the course which are internally marked and externally moderated. These performances may be devised pieces based on a theme/stimulus or scripted performances using a text. For the written exam pupils are required to study a set play on which they answer a question on how they would play a role and on a live theatre production they have seen. Emphasis is placed on being able to analyse drama and on understanding what makes effective drama.This two year course will encourage candidates to develop an interest in, and understanding of, a range of Drama techniques. As well as acquiring the skills involved in creating and performing Drama, students will also be able to develop further skills in working with others, problem solving and communication. Pupils will find that Drama will help them to feel more self-confident and prepare them to deal with a range of different situations and people.
Pupils must have a good level of English in order to take the course and be able to work independently in groups. Pupils should also be committed to attending theatre productions. These are an essential part of the course as watching live theatre enables pupils to develop an understanding of what makes a powerful performance.
The course is made up of 3 units;
Units 1 & 2 are coursework units with practical and written elements (60%)
Unit 3 is a final performance unit. (40%)
Unit 1: Drama Exploration 30%
Pupils explore a theme/topic through the medium of drama. They respond to a variety of stimuli based on the theme and use a range of strategies to interpret the theme in performance. Assessment is by the teacher and pupils are marked on their practical contribution over a two week period and on their written documentary response to the work undertaken. This written response is 2000 words.
Unit 2: Exploring play texts 30%
Pupils will explore a play during lessons. The purpose is to understand the way a play is written and how the medium of drama is used by playwrights to communicate their ideas to an audience. Assessment is by the teacher and pupils are marked on their contribution in lessons over a two week period and on their written response to the play. This written response is 1000 words. In addition pupils will write a theatre review on a play that they have seen at the theatre. This piece of writing is 2000 words.
Unit 3: Drama Performance 40%
An externally assessed practical examination. The brief for the performance is set by Edexcel and pupils are marked on their skills as performers which they have developed over the course.
What could I do next with a GCSE in Drama?
There are many things that pupils can go on to do with a GCSE in Drama, possibly to go on take AS or A’ Level Drama or Theatre Studies. Or alternatively students may wish to go into a job where it is useful to have had experience of Drama, or where they will need to use some of the skills developed during this course. Drama is about developing the much needed life skills of communication, team work and interpretation of situations.