40% Component 1: Devising Performance (Practical 10%), Devising Log (Written 30%)
20% Component 2: Performance from text (Practical)
40% Component 3: Written examination 1hr and 45 minutes
What We Study
GCSE Drama is all about understanding what it is like to put yourself in somebody else’s shoes. You will play many parts in different situations. You will have the opportunity to create your own work but there will also be a large focus on exploring plays written by other people, in particular the set text. The course is a combination of practical and written work and all practical sections will have a written supportive element.
This is completed as a written examination which will be made up of three parts. The first entails multiple choice questions about theatre makers. The second includes questions based on a section of the set text you have studied. You will be required to explore the text practically so that you can answer from the perspective of performer, designer and director. The final part of the examination is a live theatre question based on a live performance you have seen with your class.
You will take part in a performance that you have created as a group from a set stimulus given by your teacher. You will perform this in front of an audience. This will be supported by a written devising log which is 2500 words based on the developing process, analysis and evaluation of the performance.
You will perform two key extracts from a performance text given to you by your teacher. This will be externally assessed by a visiting examiner.
Excellent attendance is a key requirement for this course, as well as the right attitude, confidence and a willingness to participate in various styles of performance, as you will be expected to perform with others. Students should also be aware of the written element of the course and the written examination that is worth 40% of the final grade. This is a big change from the previous drama GCSE courses.
Course Leader: Miss Noble (firstname.lastname@example.org)