Key Stage 4 Drama

GCSE Drama is a very popular option which consistently produces outstanding results. Students develop excellent skills in devising physical and stylised theatre through group work as well as creating performance work from published plays. They draw upon experience of live theatre as well as practical lesson work to produce strong presentations which are assessed for coursework.

We are able to offer two GCSE Drama classes in years 9, 10 and 11. As with other option subjects, students have 5 lessons per fortnight in years 9 and 10 and 4 per fortnight in Year 11. They follow an exciting scheme designed to meet the requirements of the AQA Drama specification which allows them to develop knowledge of the theatre, stagecraft and theatre roles, study of Kneehigh’s ‘Hansel and Gretel’, create their own devised (Witches or The Holocaust) and scripted work as well as writing about live performance work they have seen at the theatre.

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Component 1 – Understanding Drama – Written Paper: 1 hr 45 mins (40%)

Section A: Multiple choice questions based on knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre

Section B: Questions based on a set text (Hansel and Gretel)

Section C: Analysis and evaluation of a live theatre performance (to be confirmed each year depending on availability)

Students develop the ability to write critically about theatre productions and analyse play texts. We study the lively, comical fairytale Hansel and Gretel in preparation for the exam. Over the years, we have also seen some fantastic productions such as ‘The Curious Incident of the dog in the Night-time’ (The Curve), ‘Lion Boy’ (Warwick Arts Centre), ‘One Night In November’ (Belgrade), ‘Lord of the Flies’ (Birmingham REP), ‘The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips’ (Birmingham Rep).

Component 2: Devising Drama – Performance & Devising Log – 40%

Students are assessed practically on their work in creating and performing a devised drama piece.  We prepare students for this unit with practice unit: WW1 in a theatre in education performance.  Their assessed piece is a thematic devised piece based on the magic of Witchcraze and historical persecution of people for witchcraft in the sixteenth century or the Holocause. This will be accompanied by a written devising log.

Component 3: Texts in Practice – 20%

Students will explore a scripted play and perform two extracts from it to a visiting examiner.

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Consistently Strong GCSE Exam Results:

Year A* A B C D E F Pass
2016 7 14 8 7 3 92%
2015 5 9 13 10 5 88%
2014 4 5 12 15 6 2 82%
2013 4 9 9 5 4 2 82%