This course develops a students ability to create, perform and analyse Drama.
Through this study students have the ability to develop their confidence, social skills and strengthen their inner voice, preparing them for the wider world, whatever their path might be. GCSE Drama is therefore for students who wish to be challenged and develop their emotional intelligence in an exciting and creative environment. It is also for students who wish to pursue a career in Performing Arts. The teachers in the department have a vast and varying experience in the industry and can give you the spring board to take you to the next level.
In the first year of study students work with engaging modern issues, such as ‘school shootings’ and develop pieces of Drama that challenge an audience to consider their own sense of social responsibility. After Christmas, students begin to study the award winning DNA by Dennis Kelly, exploring themes of youth culture, violence and accountability. Students develop ideas for how to perform, direct and design the play, covering the wider spectrum of Drama and Theatre. In year 11, students have the opportunity to develop two performances from a play text which is performed to a visiting examiner. Students are also taken to see a live piece of theatre and develop their understanding of how to analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of the piece.
Live performance of a devised piece on the issue of school shootings.
Coursework which logs the devising process.
Two separate performances from a play text. Assessed by a visiting examiner.
Written examination covering the play text DNA and the live theatre review.
There is a wide ranging amount of opportunities for students to get involved in out side of the class room. Students of all years have the opportunity to be involved in musicals, plays and house Drama competitions. As students enter KS5 there is also the opportunity to form a touring theatre company.