What is the title of this course?
GCSE in Drama (1699) EDEXCEL
What level of qualification will I gain at the end of the course?
Grades A* to G in GCSE Drama
What are the main topics I will be taught?
Part One - you will use drama to express your feelings and ideas about a range of issues
Part Two - you will look at a play to see how a playwright expresses their ideas about a theme or topic and explore ways of making the play work on stage
Part Three - you will have the choice of being involved in the performance of a play from an existing script or one you can create yourselves
The GCSE is in three main parts:
What type of learning activities will I undertake?
GCSE Drama follows on from drama work that you will have done at Key Stage 3. You will develop your improvisation and acting skills to a higher level. You will also look at plays in more detail and look at different ways of bringing a script alive on stage. You will also see live performances of professional plays.
How will I be assessed?
The examination for GCSE Drama is a practical performance. It is worth 40% of the marks. You will take part in a play that you have created as a group or rehearsed from a script. You will perform the play in front of an audience and the examiner will be present at one of the performances.
The 60% coursework part of the GCSE Drama course consists of practical performance work and a written notebook of evidence. During your course you will take part in 2 different workshops that will be marked by your teacher. In one of the workshops you will use all that you have learnt about Drama to explore your responses to a range of material presented to you.
In the other workshop you will explore a play and show your understanding of drama by taking part in a number of exercises based on the play. You will be assessed on your practical work and on the supporting notes you keep during the workshops.
What are the possible progression routes once I have this qualification?
If you want to remain in education, if you take drama you could go on to take an AS or A level in Drama and Theatre Studies, or a Vocational A level in Performing Arts or a BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in Performing Arts or Performance Design and Technology.
Or you might wish to go into a job where it is useful to have had experience of Drama, or where you will need to use some of the skills developed during this course. These might include careers in such fields as retail, travel and tourism, sales and marketing or any career that involves meeting people face to face. The study of Drama can help you develop transferable skills which you can take into any career or job.