GCSE Drama AQA

COURSE DETAILS

This is a practical subject where you will have the opportunity to develop your acting skills as an individual and as part of a group. Students find that they enjoy studying Drama, gaining confidence and self-awareness as well as a knowledge of drama techniques, including devising performances, working from scripts and considering aspects of design.

Drama students are encouraged to take part in the wide range of extra-curricular performance opportunities at Wigston College. If you want to stage you own work or take part in College productions, you will be given support from the department along the way. If you want to choose Drama you must have an enthusiastic approach to the subject and be prepared to offer both extra time and commitment to it.

The emphasis is on the practical work. Students will explore a range of skills and techniques, as well style, stage layout, costume and technical aspects of performance. These will be used to enhance their performance work.

They will study at least 2 play texts, currently Legal Weapon 2 by Mark Wheeler and Blood Brothers by Willy Russell, and perform sections of these. Students will also devise their own work based on stimulus items. They will usually work in groups and so teamwork, motivation, cooperation and compromise are essential attributes. Students will, however, receive an individual mark based on their contribution and performance.

Controlled Assessment performances are completed for the following units: Devised Thematic, Acting and Improvisation.

HOW YOU WILL BE ASSESSED

The GCSE Drama course is made up of three controlled assessments (the top two marks are submitted) worth 60% and a written exam which accounts for 40% of the final grade. Students will make notes after each of their practical performances and watch live theatre in readiness for their written paper. A Moderator from the exam board will visit during the Spring Term of Year 11 and watch a sample of student work.

HOW WILL IT HELP ME AT POST 16?

Students will not only gain an extensive knowledge of acting skills, dramatic forms and techniques but also a range of other highly transferable skills. Those skills include communication, social and personal skills, time management skills, problem-solving, and working independently and as part of a team. All of which are essential for success at AS and A2 level.