Drama is a subject that allows students to express themselves in a safe and inviting environment filled with positivity.
Key Stage 4 - Options Information
|Exam board: AQA|
|Qualification: GCSE in Drama|
|Specification: AQA GCSE Drama|
Students' devised performances and devising logs will be marked by their teacher in Year 10 and their scripted extracts will be marked by a visiting examiner in Year 11.
Students will sit the written exam at the end of the course and it will be externally marked by AQA.
Who is the course for?
This course would particularly suit those who have a keen interest in drama and would like to stretch themselves to learn more about new theatre and drama techniques. Students will need to enjoy both the performance and theory side of drama and be keen writers and critics.
Students who want to study drama should be:
• Enthusiastic and full of energy
What will I do on the course?
Practical exams (60%)
Students will be assessed on their ability to create and perform a piece of original devised work in a group that is developed from a variety of stimuli given by their teacher. Alongside this, students will have to keep a reflective devising log which describes, analyses and evaluates the development of their piece. Students will also have to rehearse and perform two extracts from a scripted text that shows careful consideration of character and context of the play.
Written exam (40%)
Students will sit a 1 hour and 45 minute written exam which is made up of three sections:
- Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
- Study of one set play (we currently study Noughts & Crosses, adapted by Dominic Cooke)
- Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers
Key Stage 3
At the start of Year 7, students will learn the basic skills required for studying drama, including mime and narration. They will then go onto look at Greek Theatre and how this influenced acting as we know it today. Our third topic is based on a play about evacuees, where the students have the opportunity to take part in a scripted performance. Finally, we explore the topic of Islands, which allows students to explore themes from William Goulding’s Lord of the Flies using a variety of drama key skills.
Year 8 begins with students exploring two different styles of theatre established by two practitioners and how their beliefs influenced theatre and acting today. Students will touch upon the historical elements linked to Stanislavski and Brecht and will develop different skills from each being either Naturalistic or Abstract. We then move onto dance/drama, where students have the unique opportunity to merge these two disciplines together and improve their physical theatre skills. Year 8 then moves on with students studying the historical events of the Titanic, taking them through a timeline of this great tragedy. Within this topic they will use a variety of stimuli including music, first-hand accounts and visual images. Progressing from Year 7 scripted work, we then challenge the students to develop their acting skills by studying and performing a play. We end Year 8 by studying the Shakespeare play Macbeth.
In Year 9, we aim to encourage students to learn the skills needed at GCSE. In the first term, we progress the skills from Year 8 and further explore the style of theatre know as Abstract. Students will use a vast array of improvisation techniques and will learn how to move and use space effectively. Following this, we explore a practitioner called Artaud whom believed in self-control of the human body. This really develops their skills as an actor and prepares them for taking drama beyond Key Stage Three. We end with both a GCSE-style scripted performance where the students will be expected to perform a scene from a published play and a devised project where students will be given stimuli and themes to work from.
Throughout Key Stage Three, students will be assessed periodically on their practical work.