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Years 10 and 11 follow the new AQA specification for Drama GCSE.
GCSE Drama is not an ‘easy option’ as it requires students to work in a variety of different ways (individually, in pairs, small groups, as a whole class) on a range of challenging themes and issues. It has the power to inspire, challenge and motivate. It requires creativity, team-work, negotiation and dedication. However, it also allows students to explore ideas in a highly creative and artistic context, developing confidence, communication skills and a deeper understanding of themselves and others. The AQA specification is diverse, practical and accessible to students of all abilities.
Students can be sure to gather many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand their horizons. Students learn to collaborate with others, think analytically and evaluate effectively. They gain the confidence to pursue their own ideas, reflect and refine their efforts. Whatever the future holds, students of GCSE Drama emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills, applicable both in further studies and in the workplace. Suitable for those wishing to pursue a career in the Arts, any job requiring presentation, communication or creative skills, or for those who simply have an interest in the subject.
This specification engages and encourages students to become confident performers and designers with the skills they need for a bright and successful future.
During the course students will:
There are six areas of study covered during the course:
During the course, students can choose to develop as a: Performer, Designer or Performer and Designer (including: lighting, sound, set, costume and puppet design). Whichever option they choose, students can be sure to gather many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand their horizons.
Component 1: Understanding drama
40% of GCSE
Component 2: Devising drama (practical)
Component 3: Texts in practice (practical)
20% of marks
This specification ensures continuity for students progressing from GCSE Drama to AS and A-level Drama and Theatre. Students who go on to AS or A-level will already be familiar with studying a whole set text for the written paper. They have built solid foundations in reviewing a live theatre production and in interpreting key extracts. All of these aspects feature in the AS and A-level as well as the GCSE.
Each year in January we take our Year 10 GCSE students to the Conway Centre in Menai to work with professional actors, directors and theatre technicians. Previous workshops have included musical theatre, devising with technology and puppetry, script work, masks, lighting design, immersive theatre, movement and physical theatre. During the weekend the students are encouraged to step outside of their comfort zone and attempt new things with the help of the professional artists. Performing alongside fellow Drama students from other schools, not only will they broaden their performance skills, but they will also create new friendships and share fresh ideas. This theatrical weekend has left many students with happy memories and increased their skills both on and off stage. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable and unforgettable opportunity that we highly recommend to all GCSE Drama students!