Miss C Jenkinson

Exam Board: AQA

Drama is an art form, a practical activity and an intellectual discipline. A drama education, which begins naturally with learning through dramatic play, will eventually include many elements of theatre. Like the other arts, it involves imagination and feelings and helps us to make sense of the world. It does this through the creation of imagined characters and situations, and the relationships and events that they encounter. 

- adapted from The Arts Council “Drama in Schools”

Examination Board:  AQA (Draft syllabus)

Assessment Pattern
The GCSE Drama qualification is split into three separate parts called components:
Component 1: Understanding drama
Component 2: Devising drama (practical)
Component 3: Texts in practice (practical)

Coursework Information
Component One:
· Written exam 1 hour 45 minutes; 3 sections : Theatre roles and terminology; Study of set texts; Live theatre production
· Open book
· 80 marks; 40% of GCSE
Component Two:
· Devising log (60 marks) Pupils record of study 2500 words
· Devised performance (20 marks)
· 80 marks; 40% of GCSE; moderated by AQA
Component Three:
· Performance of two extracts of a play (different to Component One).
· 25 marks each, 50 marks in total; 20% of GCSE
· Pupils may contribute as a performer or a designer. Options for designers are:
Lighting; sound; set; costume and puppet.

All students devise drama.
All students explore texts practically and work on two text-based performances.
Students can choose to develop as a:
• performer
• designer (lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets)
• performer and designer.
Whichever option they choose, students can be sure to gather many invaluable skills, both
theatrical and transferable, to expand their horizons.

This specification ensures continuity for students progressing from GCSE Drama to AS and A-level Drama and Theatre.

To succeed in Drama, pupils must have self-confidence, self-discipline, and imagination.  They must be comfortable with performance, as it is an integral part of the course.

During Year 7 a variety of basic skills will be taught. These will include freeze frame/still image, improvisation, use of body and voice, exploratory drama, thought tracking and study of a significant genre (e.g. Melodrama). The most important aspect of Drama in Year 7 however is the establishment of core skills that can be used in all subjects. We focus on building self confidence, teaching students how to handle working in groups, how to become more focused on topics and improvements on their self-discipline. While they focus on acting at this stage what we are looking at is helping them gain the confidence to enjoy their first year at the school.