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Lower & Middle School Drama

Year 7 Topics:

  • Movement skills.
  • Vocal skills.
  • Storytelling.
  • Characterisation.

 

Year 8 Topics:

  • Storytelling.
  • Shakespeare.
  • Script writing.

 

Year 9 Topics:

  • Storytelling.
  • Pantomime / commedia dell’arte / melodrama.
  • Acting for the camera.

GCSE Drama

The aim of the GCSE course is to encourage pupils to explore ideas that lead to successful theatre.  It also allows pupils to apply that knowledge in a practical manner.  Pupils have the opportunity to work in groups on both scripted and devised performances, to study a set text from a dramatic perspective and to assess and evaluate live professional theatre.

 

Examination Board: Eduqas

 

Course Content: The pupils are assessed on three components, which are as follows.  The first two are assessed through either acting or design.

 

Mode of Assessment:

 

Component 1 – Devising Theatre

 

Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated – 40% of qualification

 

Pupils participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of devised theatre using either the techniques of an influential theatre practitioner or a genre, in response to a stimulus.  Pupils must produce:

 

  • a realisation of their piece of devised theatre
  • a portfolio of supporting evidence
  • an evaluation of the final performance or design.

 

Component 2 – Performing from a Text

 

Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner – 20% of qualification

 

Pupils study two extracts from the same performance text chosen by the centre.  Pupils participate in one performance using sections of text from both extracts.

 

Component 3 – Interpreting Theatre

 

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes – 40% of qualification

 

Section A: Set Text – A series of questions on one set text from a choice of five.

 

Section B: Live Theatre Review – One question requiring analysis and evaluation of a live theatre production seen during the course.

 

Assessment Overview

Section A – A series of questions on a set text.

Section B – A choice of questions related to reviewing live theatre.


A-Level Drama & Theatre Studies

Introduction:

Drama is an exciting, vibrant and energising subject in which students learn through practical activities.  Students will study a variety of different plays, styles and genres and will also be assessed as performers or designers.

 

Examination Board: Eduqas

 

Course content:

The students are assessed on three components, which are as follows.  The first two are assessed through either acting or design.

 

Component 1 – Theatre Workshop

Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated – 20% of qualification

Students participate in the creation, development and performance of a reinterpretation of an extract from a text.  The piece must be developed using the techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company.

 

Mode of assessment

Students must produce:

  • a realisation of the performance or design
  • a creative log.

 

Component 2 – Text In Action

Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner – 40% of qualification

Students participate in the creation, development and performance of two pieces of theatre based on a stimulus:

  1. a devised piece using the techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company
  2. an extract from a text in a different style.

 

Mode of assessment

Students choosing design must also give a 5-10 minute presentation of their design to the examiner.

 

Students produce a process and evaluation report within one week of completion of the practical work.

 

Component 3 – Text in Performance

Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes – 40% of qualification

 

Sections A and B – Clean copies of the two complete texts chosen must be taken into the examination.

 

Two questions, based on two different texts, one written pre- 1956 and one written post-1956.

 

Section C – A question based on a specified extract from: ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’, Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens.

 

Mode of assessment

Section A – A choice of questions on a text from pre-1956

Section B – A choice of questions on a text from post-1956

Section C – A question based on a specified extract from ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’.

 

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