Drama at Wollaston School
GCSE Drama follows on from drama work that you will have done in Years 7-9. You will develop your improvisation and acting skills to a higher level. You will also look at plays in more detail and look at different ways of bringing a script alive on stage. GCSE Drama is all about understanding what it is like to put yourself in somebody else’s shoes. You will play many parts in different imaginary situations. You will have the opportunity to create your own work as well as look at plays written by other people. You will enjoy this course if you want to study a subject that is both practical and creative. You may have done some acting before or helped out backstage on a production. You may have always wanted to have a go at making a play and performing but never had the chance. You will enjoy this course if you enjoy working as part of a team, as Drama involves a lot of group work. There are many things you can go on to do with a GCSE in Drama. You could go on to study Drama at school or college, you might wish to go into a job where you will need to use some of the skills of creating and performing Drama or make use of the transferable skills you have developed such as working with others, problem solving and communication. These are useful in any career that involves meeting people face to face. You will find that Drama will help you feel more self-confident and prepare you to deal with a range of different situations and people. The best way to support your son/daughter in GCSE Drama is in helping to proof-read coursework, rehearsing lines for performances, impressing upon them the need for commitment to their group work and taking them along to plays whenever possible! Coursework Requirements The course is split between Paper 1, Practical and Written Coursework (Units 1 & 2) - 60% and Paper 2, Practical Performance Examination - 40%. In Paper 1, Unit 1 of the course you will use drama to express your feelings and ideas about a range of issues. You will use all that you have learnt about Drama to explore your responses to a range of material presented to you by your teacher. In Paper 1, Unit 2 of the course you will look at a play to see how a playwright expresses their ideas about a theme or topic and explore ways of making the play work on stage. You will be assessed on your practical work and on the supporting notes you keep during the workshops. You will be required to submit a Written Portfolio of evidence to support the work that you have done in these two Units, these will be marked by your teacher. In Paper 2, the examination for GCSE Drama, you will take part in a Practical Performance; as the final part of the course. This will be a play that you have created as a group or rehearsed from a script and you will perform the play in front of an audience. An external examiner will be present at one of the performances.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wollaston School directly.