Drama

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Introduction

Drama encourages you to explore and actively engage in a wide range of creative and stimulating activities, to develop as an effective and independent learner and as a critical and reflective thinker with an enquiring mind.

It develops competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills.

Drama encourages you to work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas.

Progression – How will the study of Drama benefit students’ future education and career?

It also provides a strong and appropriate foundation for further progression to Drama courses, including A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies, and enhanced vocational and career pathways. These career paths might include actor/actress, writer, director, producer, stage manager, arts administrator, drama teacher, dramatherapist, theatre technician, television production assistant, radio/TV presenter and many more.

Key Stage 4

Year 10

AQA GCSE Drama. Students will begin a two year programme that will include both practical performance and written examination. During the course students will take part in workshops to develop their performance skills, text analysis and evaluation skills to develop their knowledge and understanding of drama. 

They will:

  • Study theatre roles and terminology used in the theatre. This will be assessed in the form of multiple choice questions during a formal examination at the end of the course.
  • Study one set text (Component 1) in depth and their knowledge and understanding will be assessed during formal examinations at the end of the course.
  • Students will study one other play (Component 3), chosen by the teacher. They will study the text in-depth and explore it practically as a class in preparation for a performance.
  • As part of Component 1, regular visits will be made to the theatre in order to develop analysis and evaluation skills. The students will be assessed on these skills during formal examinations at the end of the course.

Drama Specification Link

Year 11

Second year of the AQA GCSE Drama course.  

  • Revise theatre roles and terminology used in the theatre. This will be assessed in the form of multiple choice questions during formal examinations at the end of the course.
  • Revise the set text (Component 1) for formal examinations June 2018
  • The text used for Component 3 will be used to create a scripted performance. Each student must perform two extracts from one published play. Students will have studied this play in-depth during year 10 and in year 11 will create a polished performance for a visiting examiner.
  • Devise a Performance: They will learn how to devise performance material from a stimulus, develop a situation/plot, structure storylines, characters and dialogue, and use dramatic devices to created considered effects. This will be performed to an audience with full use of costume, stage lighting and sound. The piece will be marked by the teacher but filmed and then sent off along with their devising log to the exam board for moderation.

Drama Specification Link

Drama KS4 Reading List

Key Stage 5

Year 12

The A Level Drama and Theatre Studies is a natural progression from the AQA Drama GCSE course and is also two year course.  Students can develop their skills in a range of practical drama elements including acting and directing.  At A level, students have the freedom to choose both the content and the form of the practical presentation at each level.  Candidates perform an extract from any published play selected to illustrate their understanding of an influential director, designer, theatre company or practitioner.  They will devise drama on any topic to be performed in a theatrical style of their choice.

Practical Components are either internally assessed and externally moderated or assessed by a visiting examiner.

In Year 12 they will:

  • Study and explore theatre practitioners and companies through research and workshop activities.
  • Study the first of two set text (Component 1) in depth and their knowledge and understanding will be assessed during formal examinations at the end of the course (year 13). There will be mock examinations throughout year 12 and year 13. Commencement of the second text will be at the end of year 12 and summer holiday work will comprise of contextual research around the play.
  • Study the first two plays of three (Component 3), chosen jointly by the students and the teacher. They will study the text in-depth and explore extracts practically in preparation for a class performance. A third extract play will be studied in year 13 and performed for a visiting examiner. The third text must be approached using the theories and techniques of an appropriate practitioner.
  • As part of Component 1, regular visits will be made to the theatre in order to develop analysis and evaluation skills. The students will be assessed on these skills during formal examinations at the end of the course (year 13).

Drama and Theatre Studies Specification Link

Year 13

Second year of the AQA A Level Drama and Theatre Studies course.  

  • Further study and exploration of theatre practitioners and companies through research and workshop activities.
  • Finish studying the second set text (Component 1) and revise both for formal examinations June 2018
  • Study a third text for Component 3. In groups, students will choose an extract to be used to create a polished scripted performance. The third text must be approached using the theories and techniques of an appropriate practitioner and students will also complete a reflective log evaluating their process. Both the performance and the reflective log will be marked by a visiting examiner – Autumn Term.
  • Devise a Performance: They will learn how to devise performance material from a stimulus, develop a situation/plot, structure storylines, characters and dialogue, and use dramatic devices to created considered effects. This will be performed to an audience with full use of costume, stage lighting and sound. The piece will be marked by the teacher but filmed and then sent off along with their devising log to the exam board for moderation. Summer term.

Drama and Theatre Studies Specification Link

ASSESSMENT

Component 1 Drama and Theatre

Section A + B: Study of two plays from different periods in time – 40% of total A level

Section C:  Response to live theatre seen during the course

Written examination (3 hours – open book) externally set and assessed summer Year 13

Component 2 Creating Original Drama (Practical)

Performance by a group of a devised drama influenced by the – 30% of total A level

Work of one prescribed practitioner

Working notebook (3000 Maximum)

Internally assessed and externally moderated summer year 13

Component 3 Making Theatre (Practical)

Practical exploration of extracts from three different plays – 30% of total A level

Group performance of an extract from a different play, applying the methods of a prescribed theatre practitioner

Reflective report (3000 Maximum)

Assessed by a visiting examiner from AQA Autumn year 13

Drama KS5 Reading List