Theme of the week is: you are unique
GCSE Drama offers students more than just another exam pass. You will acquire skills in working with others as well as problem solving and communication. GCSE Drama helps you to feel more confident and prepares you to deal with a range of different people and situations when you leave school including interviews and delivering presentations.
GCSE Drama follows on from the work you have done in lower school but you will develop your acting skills to a much higher level. You will also look at ways of bringing a script alive on stage using lighting, sound, costumes, make-up and set as well as the role of the Director and the performance, film and television industry as a whole.
It is expected and essential that you demonstrate a mature attitude in every lesson, particularly when approaching emotive issues or when working individually. GCSE Drama is all about understanding what it is like to be in somebody else's shoes and seeing life from different perspectives. You will play many parts in different and often challenging situations. You will have the opportunity to create your own work as well as look at plays written by other people, theatrical styles and practitioners. You will have the chance to use lighting and sound equipment regularly and learn how to apply design into performance.
The course has 3 sections:
Unit 1 You will look at a theme or topic such as war and use drama techniques to investigate your responses.
Unit 2 You will look at a play to see how a playwright expresses his/her ideas about a theme or topic and explore ways of making the play work on stage.
Unit 3 You will be involved in the performance of a play from an existing script or one you have created yourselves. Instead of performing some students take the design option and are examined on their ideas for lighting, sound, make-up, set or costume. This involves a five minute presentation to the examiner. The performance element of the GCSE course demands a commitment to some extra curricular rehearsals and Theatre Visits and therefore it is important that you keep this in mind when combining Drama with GCSE courses which run after school.
60% Coursework – Written portfolio based on tasks completed and assessment of your practical group work during lessons.
40% Final Performance in May of Year 11
There is no written exam in GCSE Drama. All assessment is based on practical work and a written portfolio of evidence.