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Why Choose GCSE Drama:
AQA GCSE Drama is an excellent preparation for Level 3 creative subjects such as A level Theatre Studies or BTEC Performing Arts. It provides students with a solid foundation in creative, practical and performance skills. This subject enables students to engage in and actively explore a wide range of activities that are stimulating and creative, drawing from a variety of situations and contexts that they can relate to. GCSE Drama encourages students to develop critical thinking skills and become effective and independent learners. With the focus on working imaginatively, collaborating creatively and communicating effectively, GCSE Drama provides a solid foundation for further performing arts studies as well as a wealth of essential transferable skills.
What students like about GCSE drama:
Career opportunities and further studies:
Throughout the GCSE Drama programme, students are encouraged to collaborate with others, engaging in stimulating and creative activities with confidence. These fundamental cooperative, collaborative and social skills are integral to almost all disciplines, careers and life experiences in general. GCSE Drama could lead on to further study in Drama, Theatre Studies, Performing Arts and Expressive Arts at A-level and above, or other related subjects such as English, Music, Dance, Art and Design. Career opportunities for students who study Drama at a higher level include: the media, theatre, television, radio, the film industry, arts administration, drama therapy, education.
Unit 1 - Written Paper 40% of total marks (1 hour 30 mins)
Section A – Review and analysis of any practical work completed during the course
Section B – Analysis of the preparation and performance of a scripted play
Section C – Review of a live production seen during the course
Students must answer Question 1 from Section A and choose one further question from either Section B or Section C.
Unit 2 – Practical Work 60 % of total marks:
Students are required to present practical work for two controlled assessment options:
In the first half of Year 10, students will get an opportunity to develop a range of practical performance skills before undertaking a group preparation and performance of the first controlled assessment (normally devised thematic work). This will be presented and assessed in the second half of the summer term. In Year 11, students will be able to choose the script of published play for the second controlled assessment. This will be a group presentation of an extract of the chosen play to a public audience and a visiting AQA examiner in the school theatre during the second half of the spring term.
Examination Board: AQA Syllabus Code: 4240
Head of Department: Mr. G. Pounder