Welcome to the Drama Department. We give students the opportunity to practically explore the world in which we live in, be that through scripts or stimulus. We aim to prepare your child with the essential skills needed to express themselves, throughout the rest of their lives. Please look at the information provided to see what we study. We offer OCR GCSE Drama to KS4 students. The course offers a range of topics to prepare students for the future be that in theatre or not.
Type of course: GCSE
How is the course assessed?
1 x Non exam assessment – practical exploration and performance with portfolio worth 30%
2 x Presenting and Performing texts - practical performacne 30%
1 x written exam 1 hour 30 minutes 40%
What topics/ units will you study?
Unit One – Learners will research and explore a stimulus, work collaboratively and create their own devised drama.
Unit Two - Learners develop and apply theatrical skills in acting or design by presenting a showcase of two extracts from a performance text.
Unit Three - Learners will explore practically a performance text to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of drama. Learners will analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance.
Component One Component Two Component Three Learners will research and explore a stimulus, work collaboratively and create their own devised drama. Devising drama (01/02) 60 marks Non-exam assessment 30% of total GCSE Learners develop and apply theatrical skills in acting or design by presenting a showcase of two extracts from a performance text. Presenting and performing texts (03) 60 marks Non-exam assessment (Visiting examination) 30% of total GCSE Learners will explore practically a performance text to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of drama. Learners will analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance. Drama: Performance and Response (04) 80 marks Exam assessment 1 hour 30 minutes (Written paper) 40% of total GCSE
Who would this course suit? What skills do you need ?
Someone who can work co-operatively in a team, and is keen to give up their free time to rehearse, enjoys performing, can work independently on research, is confident at performing, has an eye for what makes a good performance.
What trips/ activities will you be involved in?
Several theatre trips linked in with theatre review study.
What college courses/job opportunities would this help you follow in the future?
Actor, director, choreography, producer, presenter, teacher, lawyer, police officer, nurse.
How will this course help you to get a job?
Confidence is built on each and every lesson which is essential to any job role. The course offers opportunities to work independently, in groups, pairs and as a whole class. Teamwork and co-operation is important in all aspects of work. The ability to sympathise and empathise with all people and situations is developed and embedded. To evaluate and analyse consistently and reflect on our actions in order to make improvements.
Who can you speak to for more information or if you have any questions?
Miss Reynolds in 1DR1.
What do students who are currently studying this subject think?
Bobbi Ambatobe, “Drama has helped me gain so much more confidence. I can now perform knowing I am able to achieve.” Ruqayyah Harding, “I had never been to the theatre before and because of the course we often visit. I love going to the theatre and other Drama trips as I can see what it is like in different environments.”
Mia Evitt, “Drama offers so many extra-curricular activities which help me in my lessons and it is such a fun subject. We explore loads of different areas and can use our skills learnt from extra-curricular and use them in our lessons.”