Key Stage 3
Drama is taught to all pupils across Key Stage 3. Activities include practical work, creating and performing drama and written work, analysing and evaluating drama. Pupils participate in historical drama, devised drama and scripted drama. Many pupils also participate in Drama Club, School Production, and House Drama.
Key Stage 4
Why study Drama?
This exciting specification for GCSE Drama gives you the opportunity to explore theatre from a range of perspectives by devising your own, original work; by bringing to life the work of a playwright; as theatre reviewer, developing your own thoughts on what makes drama and theatre successful. Students can choose to be assessed as either a performer or as a designer in the non-exam components. This means that students have the choice to complete the course as a performer, as designer or through a combination of both roles. The practical nature of the lessons and assessments equip you with a range of personal skills such as team work, confidence, time management, independence and assertiveness alongside developing your creativity. The skills you develop through studying drama prepare you for jobs involving the need to work effectively with people and/or are required to think creatively.
Outline of syllabus content
Component 1: Devising Drama - 30%
Students will create a devised performance in groups. They will be able to select a starting point from a range of stimuli provided by the exam board. Performances will be between 5 and 15 minutes, depending on the size of the group. All performances will be supported by a portfolio which is evidence of the students’ devising process.
Component 2: Text Performance - 30%
Students will study a text chosen by the centre. Students will take a part in two performances of two extracts from the text. They can work as a performer or designer in this component. Performance lengths will vary according to the size of the group. In this unit students can work individually, or in a group of up to 6. Students must present at least one performance as part of a group. Students will be required to produce an accompanying concept document..
Component 3: Performance Response - 40%
The exam component will be assessed at the end of the qualification and will be 1 hour and 30 minutes in length. Students will have to complete two compulsory sections.
Section A 50 marks Students will be asked about preparing and performing a text. They will draw on the experience of studying a whole text during the course from a list set by the exam board. The questions will focus on the process of creating and developing a performance, working as a director, performer and designer, as well as the performance of a character from the text.
Section B 30 marks This section asks the students to review a performance they have seen on their course. They will be primarily assessed on their ability to analyse and evaluate, but will also be marked on their accurate use of subject specific terminology.
All assessment is linear, with written exams taking place at the end of the course.
- The written Exam is worth 40% of the GCSE and is 1½ hours
- The non-exam assessment takes place over the two years and is assessed internally and by an external examiner depending on the component. The non-exam components are worth 60%, 30% for each component.
More details on the Exam specification can be found here