Our home in Stratford-upon-Avon is the perfect backdrop for students who love Drama, with regular opportunities to see performances in different theatres. We inspire our students' imaginations and give them the skills to express themselves creatively; develop their confidence and self-esteem; encourage a love of performance and the theatre; and enable them to understand the historical, social and cultural context of different productions. But the most important element of Drama here is the scope to perform, on their own and collaboratively, to their peers and, if they take part in school performances or Drama Club to a large audience. That's why so many students love it.
All students take Drama in Years 7 to 9 and many continue it to GCSE.
In Key Stage 3 Drama you are introduced to Drama techniques such as developing characters from scripts and improvisation skills. GCSE Drama is an exciting and challenging course; you will be expected to build on existing skills and create practical work within set limits. Drama will test your ability to co-operate with others, develop ideas during group activities; form an understanding of different theatre styles and require you to provide written evaluations of drama through notes and essays.
In Years 10 and 11 students explore and actively engage in a wide range of creative and stimulating activities to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds; develop and demonstrate competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills; work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas; and gain a strong and appropriate foundation for further progression to Drama courses, including A-level Drama and Theatre Studies, and other vocational and career pathways.
Exam Board: WJEC
Drama is a very popular option at GCSE with two classes in both Year 10 and 11 Students may choose to offer design skills such as costume and make-up design or set design instead of performing.
How will I be assessed at GCSE?
Component 1: Devising Theatre (40%). You will be assessed on either acting or design.
You will participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of devised theatre using either the techniques of an influential theatre practitioner or a genre. You need to produce:
A realisation of the piece of devised theatre.
An evaluation of the final performance or design.
Component 2: Performing from a Text - 20%. You will be assessed on either acting or design.
You will study two extracts from the same performance text chosen by the centre and participate in one performance using sections of text from both extracts.
Component 3: Interpreting Theatre - 40%. Written exam of 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Section A: Set Text. A series of questions on one set text.
Section B: Live Theatre Review. One question requiring analysis and evaluation of a given aspect of a live theatre production seen during the course.
In Drama we work as a team where nobody is more important than anybody else. You must value the work of others as well as your own. The GCSE course promotes imagination, confidence, creation and self-awareness. This qualification also forms a sound basis for those intending to study Drama at A-level or for those looking for a career that involves public speaking, being creative or working as part of a team. It is an exciting and challenging option for those of you who are looking for a subject which allows you to express yourself and develop your creative ability.
Love Drama? Consider Drama and Theatre Studies A-level.