The course overview is divided into three units.
Unit 1 is a Devised component which is worth 30% of the total GCSE
The aim of this component is to explore a given stimulus through the practical exploration and create a piece of devised drama. Learners will be asked to respond, create, develop, evaluate, perform a polished improvisation. Alongside the practical, pupils will have to complete a portfolio which will evidence the practical devising process.
In year 9 the pupils will look at the stimulus of Pantomime as a starting point.
In year 10 they will look at the theme of War and the impacts on the lives of family, cultures and society
In year 11 the exam board will send the given stimulus to the centre and this could be anything from a poem, song, image or news item..
Unit 2 Presenting and Performing texts which is worth 30% of the total GCSE
This component provides an opportunity for learners to be taught theatrical skills and then be assessed in what they have learnt in a practical way. Learners apply their presentation and performance skills through realising two key extracts from one chosen texts.
In year 11 this is assessed by a visiting examiner.
Unit 3 Performance and Response which is worth 40%
For this component, learners need to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how drama is developed, performed and responded to. The pupils will study the text by Willy Russell,” Blood brothers”
This section will be explored practically but the learners will answer written questions in exam conditions. The second section of this component is the Live Theatre Evaluation. Learners will be required to answer questions on a piece of theatre they have seen, commenting on the production values.
Our intention as a department is to give pupils the opportunity to visit a professional theatre at least two times over the course of two years.