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      Drama

      Drama and Theatre Studies continues to be a very popular subject.  The course provides a balance across a range of learning activities.  The course combines the activities of exploring plays, the performing of plays, creating plays, the analysis of theatre and the critical evaluation of all these elements.  Students studying Drama will have a thorough understanding of drama and theatre, highly developed analytical and creative skills and an ability to communicate effectively with others.

      Year 9

      Every student in Year 9 follows courses which are tailored to the criteria set by the National Curriculum and the Arts Council.  

       

      The core curriculum course allows the students to explore a range of social, historical and cultural issues through the medium of drama.  They will be required to utilize a range of skills, acting, directing, problem solving and team building.  They also have the opportunity to evaluate their work and the work of others in a range of formats.

      Year 10 and 11

      Course

      GCSE Drama

      Exam Board/Syllabus

      Edexcel  2DR01

      Grade Equivalences

      9 to 1

      Assessment Route

      Mixture of practical and written assessment throughout the course (60%). Written Exam (40%) – see below

      Who should choose this subject?

      • Students who are interested in performing themselves and watching professional actors performing plays at the theatre.
      • Students who want the opportunity to develop social and communication skills and to learn about the art of performance.
      • Students who are committed to working closely with others and using their creative ideas.
      • Students who can communicate their practical ideas through written coursework.

      What will be studied?

      Students will have opportunities to develop:

      • Creative and imaginative powers and practical skills for communicating and expressing ideas, feelings and meanings in drama.
      • Investigative, analytical, experimental and interpretative capabilities, aesthetic understanding and critical skills.
      • Understanding of drama forms and awareness of contexts in which they operate.
      • Knowledge and understanding of drama within a social, cultural and historical context.
      • Communication of a range of drama forms through written coursework.

      Trips and Workshops

      Students will have the opportunity to:

      • Visits to live Theatre performances
      • Research visits to support component 2.
      • Take part in workshops with professional actors
      • Participate in the whole school show.
      • Participate in public exam showcases to parents.

      Assessments

      There are three components.

       

      Component 1: Devising (Component code: 1DR0/01)

      Content overview

      • Create and develop a devised piece from a stimulus.
      • Performance of this devised piece or design realisation for this performance.
      • Analyse and evaluate the devising process and performance.
      • Performer or designer routes available.

       (Internally assessed and externally moderated, coursework 40%, 60 marks)

      Component 2: Performance from Text (Component code: 1DR0/02)

      Content overview

      • Students will either perform in and/or design for two key extracts from a performance text. (Choice of performance text and performer or designer routes available).

       (Externally assessed by visiting examiner, coursework 20%, 48 marks)

       

      Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (Component code: 1DR0/03)

      Content overview

      • Practical exploration and study of one complete performance text (choice of eight performance texts).
      • Live theatre evaluation.

       (Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 40%, 60 marks)

      Year 12 and 13

      Course

      GCE A Level Drama and Theatre Studies

      Exam Board/Syllabus

      Edexcel - 9DR01

      Grades

      A*-E

      Course Entry Requirements

      In Addition To The School Sixth Form Entry Requirements

      GCSE Grade C in Drama and Grade 4 in English  .

       

      Assessment Route

      Component 1 (Coursework) 80 marks 40% of final grade

      Component 2 (Coursework) 60 marks 20% of final grade

      Component 3 (150 minute exam) 80 marks 40% of final grade

      The course provides a balance across a range of learning activities.  The course combines the activities of exploring plays, the performing of plays, creating plays, the analysis of theatre and the critical evaluation of all these elements.  Students completing the course successfully will have a thorough understanding of drama and theatre, highly developed analytical and creative skills and an ability to communicate effectively with others. 

       

      Component 1: Devising

      This Component offers student’s the chance to collaborate, create and perform their own original piece of theatre.  They record the evidence of the process within a portfolio.

      • Students devise an original performance piece in a group using one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli, they then perform this to an identified audience.
      •  There are options of Performer or designer routes available.

      Component 2: Text in Performance

      This component offers students the chance to demonstrate skills in performance both within a group extract and a monologue or duologue.

      • A group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a performance text.
      • A monologue or duologue performance/design realisation from one key extract from a different performance text.

      Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice

       

      This externally examined written Component requires the detailed study of two set play texts, one in conjunction with a relevant practitioner and also an evaluation on a live performance seen.

      • Live theatre evaluation
      • Practical exploration and study of a complete performance text – focusing on how this can be realised for performance.
      • Practical exploration and interpretation of another complete performance text, in light of a chosen theatre practitioner – focusing on how this text could be reimagined for a contemporary audience.

      Learning strategies (include variety of lesson delivery and expectations of study):

      • Creating collaboratively from dramatic stimulus
      • Engaging in creating original work
      • Theatre trips
      • Historical visits such as the Globe theatre
      • Dramatic performances  (individual, pair and group)
      • Textual analysis
      • Peer Direction
      • Research