Drama GCSE at Parliament Hill School
Exam board: Edexcel (information available on www.edexcel.com) Acting Team Leader: Ms S. Bailey, Drama@parliamenthill.camden.sch.uk Why take it? Pathway? GCSE Drama students will enjoy expressing themselves, collaborating, and exploring ideas and the world by putting themselves in other people’s shoes. Drama will also give students confi dence and help them communicate in different social situations, from meeting people to job interviews. On completing GCSE Drama, students can access many courses at level 3, for example, A level Drama and Theatre Studies, A level Film Studies, A level Literature, Advanced Diploma in Creative and Media and BTEC National Performing Arts. Students will be able to choose from higher education courses and careers in Acting, Performing Arts, Theatre Studies, Technical Theatre Design, Television, Film and Radio, English, History, Law, Cultural and Social Studies. Quotes from Year 11 ‘I decided to take drama as an option because I had really enjoyed the lessons in Years 7, 8 and 9 - I was quite shy then but Drama has given me a lot more confi dence, not only in performing but in sharing my ideas with different people in my class. I would recommend taking drama to any student who likes the freedom to be imaginative and try out new things. Drama is more than just acting-you learn different skills to perform plays and direct and evaluate the people in your group. It’s hard work at times but a lot of fun.’ Current Year 11 Drama Student Assessment % breakdown (controlled assessment and external exam) Unit 1: Drama Exploration: 30% controlled internal assessment Unit 2: Exploring Play Texts: 30% controlled internal assessment Unit 3: Drama Performance: 40% external assessment presented to the examiner in performance Tiers on entry Untiered Requirements for A level/ Laswap Students are recommended to have studied GCSE Drama for Level 3 courses in Drama and Theatre Studies. A ‘B’ grade in GCSE English is a strong preference to study the topic at ‘A’ level within Laswap as there is a substantial written component. Description of course The Drama GCSE requires students to explore and deepen their understanding of the drama form through practical engagement with a variety of stimuli and explorative strategies. They will learn about the different elements and mediums of drama in order to both create their own drama in collaborative contexts, and to refl ect on and evaluate their work and the work of others. They will study a full and substantial play text, considering the impact of social, historical and cultural infl uences on drama texts and activities. Year 10 Students will work on 7 units in Year 10 to develop their skills in devising and script work. Each unit presents them with a different topic and stimuli. Unit 2 Assessment At the end of Year 10, students have a 6 hour teacher assessed practical exploration of a given topic with stimulus material. Students must complete a 2000 word documentary evidence with this exploration, in order to complete Unit 1. Year 11 Unit 2 Assessment Students will complete another 6 hour practical exploration of a play. They will also produce a documentary response of 1000 words and a 2000 word response to a piece of live theatre. Unit 3 Assessment Students will present a devised or scripted play to an audience including a visiting examiner to be assessed on their performance. Events / trips / residential information Students will have the opportunity experience live theatre as part of the course. We are sometimes able to invite in visiting playwrights and workshop leaders to work with the GCSE groups as we did this year with the playwright Simon Stephens. There are various extra-curricular activities available for GSCE drama students to take advantage of including a drama club and a performing arts club that take place weekly. Students are welcome to audition for the school productions of which there are several per year. Also, students with a particular talent in drama will be invited to attend acting masterclasses to expand their learning beyond the classroom. Useful websites www.edexcel.com www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ gcsebitesize/drama/
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