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. 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 both Years 10 and 11. As with other option subjects, students have 5 lessons per fortnight in year 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 and stagecraft, study two scripts, create their own devised and scripted work and write about live performance work they have seen at the theatre.

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Component 1 – Written Paper: 1 hr 45 mins

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) and Lord of the Flies(Birmingham REP).

Components 2 and 3: Practical work

Over the course, students are assessed practically on their work in creating and performing a devised drama piece and two extracts from a script. We begin by exploring the emotional, dramatic drama of WW1 in a theatre in education performance and then create a thematic devised piece based on the magic of Witchcraze and historical persecution of people for witchcraft in the sixteenth century. This will be accompanied by a piece of written coursework.

Later in the course, we explore the exciting choral and physical style of Wolfboyby Jan Needle for our text into practice. Our students produce fantastic work which they perform to classes in key stage 3.

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Consistently Strong GCSE Exam Results:

Year

A*

A

B

C

D

E

F

Pass
Rate

2015

5 9 13 10 5 88%

2014

4 5 12 15 6 2 82%

2013

4 9 9 5 4 2 82%

 

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