Drama GCSE

Maria Pereira

Mrs. M. Pereira

Head of Department

Examining Board AQA 

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/gcse/drama-8261/specification-at-a-glance 

By opting for Drama GCSE, students will develop their personal communication skills, collaborate with others, think analytically and evaluate theatreThey will gain the confidence to pursue their own theatrical ventures and are given time to reflect and refine their efforts to create the best outcomes. Whatever the future holds, students of GCSE Drama emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills, applicable to both their personal and professional lives. 

The course offers practical experience of a range of performance methods, genre, styles and topics. Through discussion and application students also further their emotional and spiritual understanding through issue based projects, the performance of scripted text and responding to recorded live theatre. After all, as Oscar Wilde once said theatre is ‘the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”  

Choosing drama will be a challenge but it will also be fun and rewarding.   

  • Students will make new friends 
  • Build their self esteem  
  • Hear the applause of the audience 
  • Learn about life and the world around them in a way that is different from their other subjects 

GCSE Drama Assessment Breakdown 

40% Written Examination

Component 1 is a 1hr 45mins external exam that explores theatre vocabulary, roles and responsibilities. (4 marks)  Students must answer four questions on the set text which is called Blood Brothers by Willy Russell (36 marks).  Students will also need to answer a further question on a theatre performance that they have seen over the course (40 marks)  

60% Coursework  

Component 2 and 3 make up the coursework.  Students will be required to devise their own original piece of theatre based on research and investigation (40%) and they will also explore a play text that will allow them to present two contrasting extracts to a visiting examiner.  All practical work and development tasks are modelled and continually assessed throughout the course with all final assessments taking place in Year 11. 

Contact Ms M Pereira – Head of Drama

Curriculum Content of each academic year

Year 9

Course

Content

Drama

Inspirational Speeches

Romeo and Juliet

Brainstorm – Being a Teenager

Oedipus by Sophocles

The Odyssey by Hattie Taylor

Splendid Productions

-Theatre analysis and evaluation-

How its assessed:

Performance

Theatre Review

Year 10

Course/ Exam Board

Content

Drama GCSE/AQA

Community Play

Theatre Practitioners

-Stan, Brecht and Artaud-

Comp 2  – Devising Drama

Blood Brothers by Willy Russell

Comp 3 – Texts in Practice

(Grimms Fairy Tales)

How its assessed:

Devising Log

Practice Exam Questions

Summer Written Exam

Devised and Scripted Performances

Year 11

Course/ Exam Board

Content

Drama GCSE/AQA

Comp 2 – Devising Drama (Final) 40%

Comp 1 – Revising Blood Brothers 40%

Theatre Performance Analysis

Comp 3 – Text in Practice (Final) 20%

How its assessed:

Devising Log

Practice Exam Questions

Summer Written Exam

Devised and Scripted Performances

Year 12

Course/ Exam Board

Content

Drama and Theatre A level/AQA

Greek Theatre

Brecht and the Caucasian Chalk Circle

Devising Mock

Berkoff and Metamorphosis

The Modern Monologue

The Paper Birds/Verbatim as Practitioners

How its assessed:

Devised and Scripted Performance

Practice Questions

Working Note Book

Summer Written Exam

Year 13

Course/ Exam Board

Content

Drama and Theatre A level/AQA

Comp 2 – Devised Performance and Working Note Book (Final) 30%

Comp 3 – Texts and Practitioners –

-Brook & Mitchell – (Final) 30%

Comp 1 – Revision of Chalk Circle, Metamorphosis and Streamed Theatre (Final) 40%

How its assessed:

Written Exam (3 hours)

Devised Performance

Scripted Performance

Working Note Book (C2: 3000 words)

Reflective Report (C3: 3000 words)

 

Careers in Drama and Theatre

An Arts Education can give students access to employment in the creative industries;  an area of the UK economy that in 2016 was valued at over £100 billion and according to Gov.Uk  ‘flies the flag for Britain’ and is the ‘heart of the economy’.  Quite clearly the pandemic has affected its current status but it will rise again.

The skill-set that students develop by studying Drama, in particular, are relevant to jobs within the theatre such as acting, directing, stage and event management, script writing and technical theatre.  However graduates of drama and theatre may also take up careers in the following sectors:

  • Education;
  • Commercial and public sector management;
  • Social/Welfare;
  • Marketing/sales/advertising;
  • Business/financial.

Where the development of life-skills, in a forever changing job market such as confidence; self-presentation; teamwork and collaboration; time management and organisational skills; self-awareness; self-discipline; an open mind and the ability to move beyond boundaries and experiment with different ideas; communication skills; analytical, critical and research skills; the ability to cope with criticism and learn from it; stamina… to name but a few, will open the doors to a myriad of careers as they offer employers what they are looking for. https://scudd.org.uk/prospective-students/drama-and-employability/

Labour Market Information – LMI

It is useful to look at the labour market when considering a career in Drama and Theatre.    This sector is a growth area in terms of employment opportunities by 1.9% for actors, entertainers, presenters, arts officers, producers and directors.

The LMI for All portal provides high quality, reliable LMI information – see link below: https://www.lmiforall.org.uk/

Examples of Some Learning Pathways

Planning on going to University?  There a many universities that study drama and theatre, in fact there are 72 universities that offer 347 courses for Undergraduate Drama Studies degrees. https://www.whatuni.com/degree-courses/search?subject=drama-studies

To become an actor many students go to a Drama School to do their training, where you will also network with similar individuals, build contacts, attract agents and develop your acting experience. It remains a highly competitive route but if you have the passion then worth choosing this path. https://www.stagemilk.com/best-drama-schools-uk/

Alternatively, research your area of interest e.g. if you wanted to become a drama therapist then you would complete a drama degree and then do a post-graduate course in Drama Therapy.

Or even, you might like to work in a creative company like the BBC in which you could apply for an apprenticeship.  Check out this opportunity to become a production assistant? (April 2021) https://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/trainee-schemes-and-apprenticeships/apprenticeships/production-apprentices

The choices are exciting and limitless.  The prospects of an enjoyable career, doing something you love is out there.  https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/drama https://studylink.com/study/pathways/drama