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Drama - GCSE at St James's C E High School

Course description

This is a course which allows you to develop your understanding of drama in a practical and flexible way. It will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills of drama whilst improving your communication and interpersonal abilities. 60% of the course is completed as written coursework with the final 40% awarded following an externally assessed practical examination. The course is organised into 3 units: UNIT 1 In this unit you will be using drama to explore ideas and issues in response to a drama text from another time or culture. You will: • take part in practical workshops / solo pieces and group pieces • produce a portfolio in which you will respond to, develop and evaluate your practical work UNIT 2 In this unit you will read and explore a whole play to gain an understanding of the ways in which playwrights, performers, directors and designers use drama to communicate their ideas. You will: • visit a live performance • take part in practical workshops • produce a portfolio in which you will respond to, develop and evaluate your practical work UNIT 3 This unit is worth 40% of your marks and you will be assessed by an external examiner on your performance. You will have a choice of 3 performance techniques: • devise a performance • OR design an aspect of a performance, e.g. costume; make-up; stage design • OR perform a scripted piece IMPORTANT This is a interesting but demanding course that will require commitment, good personal organisational skills and the ability to work as a reliable member of a team. Numbers are limited and pupils will only be accepted onto the course if they have already demonstrated the characteristics described above. If numbers remain high, pupils will be selected after completing an audition.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years