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About the subject
Studying Drama encourages students to:
■ Develop a personal interest in why Drama matters.
■ Work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas.
■ Consider and explore the impact of social, historical and cultural influences on drama texts and activities.
■ Reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others.
■ Develop and demonstrate competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills.
■ Develop a basis for their future role as active citizens in employment and society in general, as well as for the possible further study of drama.
■ Actively engage in the process of dramatic study in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.
Year 10 Overview
In the first year of the GCSE Drama course, students spend time developing key skills through exploring stimulus material and performing work. Students learn many new explorative strategies and drama techniques and apply them to practical work. They also get the opportunity to develop important life skills, including compromise, listening to and sharing ideas and the ability to work as part of a successful group.
In Year 10, students spend their time learning and developing key skills which builds towards their first unit of controlled assessment, featuring 6 hours of practical drama exploration of a chosen theme and written evaluation in the form of a documentary portfolio. This is worth 30% of their overall grade.
Year 11 Overview
In the second year of GCSE study, students complete their second unit of controlled assessment, featuring the practical exploration of a chosen play and a short written evaluation. They must also participate in a theatre visit and write a review of the live performance. This unit is worth 30% of their overall grade.
Finally, students must prepare for their final exam, a rehearsed group performance in the presence of a visiting examiner. This is worth 40% of their overall grade.
Exam board used for GCSE
Edexcel GCSE in Drama (2DR01)
Link to the specification from the exam board