Head of Department
Mr M Vogler
The GCSE Drama course is designed for students who have an interest in Drama and the Theatre. Students must be confident performing in front of others, as well as be prepared to write a significant amount to meet the assessment requirements. There is also a requirement that all students attend at least one live theatre performance over the course - the school will run several theatre trips each year to fulfil this component. A passion and commitment to Drama and a willingness to rehearse outside of timetabled lesson time is crucial.
There are three sections to the course, all of which are connected:
1. Devising (40%)
This is coursework and is assessed internally. Students must create and develop a piece of drama from a stimulus chosen by the group and teacher.
Section A: a portfolio of written work (1500-2000 words) covering the creating and developing process of the piece of drama as well as an evaluation of the process after it has been performed. This is weighted at 45/60 marks. A practical performance to a live audience is also assessed and makes up the remaining 15 marks out of 60.
Section B: the performance of the devised piece
2. Texts in Practice (20%)
Students will perform or design two main extracts from a play chosen by the group and teacher. Students will need to submit a piece of writing explaining their creative intentions in realising their role.
Externally assessed by a visiting examiner
Can include group, solo and/or partner based performances
3. Understanding Drama (40%)
Written examination (1 hour 45minutes). Students must study one of the eight plays set by the exam board and also see at least one live theatre production
- Section A: set text
- Section B: live theatre evaluation
The entire course is designed to reflect the theatrical/dramatic experiences of each student whatever their background in the subject, so that they can develop their own skills in both writing and performance. There is one level of entry.
There are many opportunities for students to get involved in theatrical performances throughout the course, including twice yearly theatre productions, the whole-school Musical Production and Trinity College Drama exams.
For more information please see Mr Vogler