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GCSE 9-1 AWARD

Mrs K Mercer

Examination Board : AQA

Assessment Pattern
The GCSE Drama qualification is split into three separate parts called components:

Component 1: Understanding drama
Component 2: Devising drama (practical + written)
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