Drama GCSE

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Examination Board WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) in DRAMA
Subject Leader Mrs Richards
Exam board link http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/drama-and-theatre/gcse
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The aim of the course:

The course offers students the opportunity to explore drama as a practical art form – to learn new skills in both performance and design and grow in confidence as young people. Students will be encouraged to be creative and take risks and explore how ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience. Students will be introduced to practitioners, people who make theatre and their theories, influential playwrights and live theatre performance. The key focus of the course is practical and offers both a different way of learning and a balance to other subjects in the curriculum.

Course Content:

The Eduqas course is a vibrant and accessible GCSE that caters for the widest range of abilities. Students begin in Year 10 by exploring a range of scripts/techniques/practitioners and dramatic forms alongside a visit to the theatre to explore their responses to live performance before beginning the assessment elements. The Eduqas specification gives equal importance to technical aspects of drama and performance. Students will devise their own work from a range of stimuli and track their progress through a lively portfolio of work full of inspirational ideas. They will perform scripts that suit their preferred style or look to develop their practical understanding and application of the technical elements of drama – sound, lighting, costume and make up. They will evaluate their own practical work and that of others and experience professional live theatre through numerous visits across the course. Students will have the opportunity to display their understanding of text and live performance in the written examination at the end of the course.

Assessment is through internal assessment and external moderation, visiting practical examiner and written examination. The objectives for assessment are:
AO1- Create and develop ideas to communicate meaning for theatrical performance
AO2- Apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance
AO3- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and performed
AO4- Analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others

Component One: Devising Theatre 40% 60 marks Internally assessed, externally moderated
Students will be assessed on acting or design. They will create, develop and perform a piece of devised theatre using the techniques of an influential practitioner (Bertolt Brecht) in response to a stimulus set by the examination board (15 marks). This is accompanied by a portfolio of work (30 marks) and written evaluation (15 marks) that traces the journey from research to final performance.

Component Two: Performing from a Text 20% 60 Marks Externally assessed by visiting examiner
Students will be assessed on acting or design. They will study two extracts from the same performance text chosen by the centre and perform using sections of text from both extracts. They will write a short 150 word brief for the examiner outlining their artistic intentions

Component Three: Interpreting Theatre 40% 60 Marks
1 hour 30 minutes written examination
Section A: Set Text. 45 marks
Students will respond to a series of questions on one set text.

Section B: Live Theatre Review. 15 marks
Students will answer one question from a choice of two assessing, analysing and evaluating a given aspect of a live theatre production seen during the course.