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English GCSE at Nicholas Chamberlaine School

Course description

The course requires you to complete (or improve) GCSE English controlled assessments in the above areas.

Reading and writing skills are developed by working closely on a range of different text types.

Course content

Units at AS (8DR01) Unit 1 - Exploration of Drama and Theatre - 6DR01 (Coursework) Unit 2 - Theatre text in Performance - 6DR02 (Practical Exam) Units at A2 (9DR01) Unit 3 - Exploration of Dramatic Performance - 6DR03 (Coursework) Unit 4 - Theatre text in Context - 6DR04 (Written Exam) Course Content: Unit 1: Students practically explore two plays in relation to eight different elements of Drama and two contrasting Drama practitioners. Using this exploration students produce a written record of their response to the plays to a maximum of 3000 words. Students also attend a live theatre performance and complete a written evaluation of their experience that is a maximum of 1000 words. Unit 2: Students perform either a monologue or duologue that is, with guidance from the teacher, to be chosen and developed by the student. Students also take part in a performance of a play that is chosen and directed by the teacher. Both are performed to an external examiner. Unit 3: Students create an original piece of theatre and are assessed both on the creative process and the finished product. The resulting piece of Drama is performed to an invited audience. The coursework element here is that students create a written reflection of both the process and final product to is a maximum of 3,500 words. Unit 4: Students will study the Greek play ‘Lysistrata’ written by Aristophanes. Students practically explore the text in the role of a director and consider how they would rehearse and direct a modern day interpretation whilst demonstrating a clear understanding of how it was originally performed. Furthermore, students will attend a live Shakespearean performance and analyse the production in relation to its historical context. All of this is examined in a two and a half hour written examination.

Assessment

There are two pathways available; which pathway students are entered for is determined by performance during the course of the year. Pathway 1 Examination 40% Paper 2: Reading Passages (Extended) (2 hours) Students answer three questions on two passages. Written Coursework Portfolio 20% Students submit three assignments, each of 500–800 words. Assignment 1 – informative, analytical and/or argumentative Assignment 2 - descriptive and/or narrative Assignment 3 - response to texts Speaking and Listening Coursework 20% Students take part in one individual activity, one pair-based activity and one group activity. Pathway 2 Examination 60% Paper 2: Reading Passages (Extended) (2 hours) Students answer three questions on two passages. Paper 3: Directed Writing and Composition (2 hours) Students answer one question on a passage or passages totalling 650–750 words, and complete a composition task from a choice of four titles. Speaking and Listening Coursework 20% Students take part in one individual activity, one pair-based activity and one group activity.

Future opportunities

All employers, higher and further education establishments require basic competence in English covering reading, writing and speaking and listening. These are very important in the competitive world of the workplace.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nicholas Chamberlaine School directly.

Last updated date: 09 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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