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Performing Arts - Drama

Qualification: GCSE Drama 
Examination Board: OCR

Drama is a powerful and expressive subject which encourages you to develop your creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacity, whatever your previous experience in the subject. Drama gives you variation in your studies, allowing you to achieve through a variety of assessment methods.

Is this course right for you?

This course will be right for you if?

  • You enjoy devising and performing.
  • You have an appreciation of all aspects of the drama process including watching and evaluating the drama.
  • You would like to develop different styles of performance, through lessons and outside workshops.

You will analyse plays and drama practitioners, applying your experiences and techniques. You will write about plays and write a live theatre review for the written exam component of the course.

What does the course involve?

There are three areas that you will develop:

1. Performance – you will develop and apply the knowledge, understanding and skills required to perform drama on your own and in a group.

2. Devising – you will develop your ability to create and structure drama material, based upon a stimulus.

3. Appreciation – you will develop your ability to use written communication, using appropriate terminology, to critically appreciate your own work, study published plays and to experiment live theatre and write about it.

 What about controlled assessments and exams?

Unit 1: Devising Theatre (30%)

Learners will participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of devised theatre. Learners must produce:

  • A realisation of their piece of devised theatre (performance)
  • A written portfolio to accompany and support the performance

Unit 2: Performing from a Text – (30%)

  • Learners will be assessed on either acting or design
  • Learners study two extracts from the same performance text and perform two scenes to an external examiner.
  • A written evaluation of the process.

Unit 3 – Interpreting Theatre (40%)

Written exam

Section A - A series of short and longer questions on one set text ‘Blood Brothers’.

Section B – Live theatre Review requiring analysis and evaluation of a given aspect of a live theatre production seen during the course.

Progression opportunities (Sixth Form and beyond)

Drama is an indicator of confidence, ability to work as a team and creativity within a work environment. Moreover, students with a variety of GCSEs are desirable to sixth forms and colleges as they demonstrate a well-rounded student.

Drama at GCSE is an excellent transition into A Level Drama courses and related Performing Arts’ College courses. Drama GCSE could also lead to a career in the performing arts industries.

A good pass at GCSE will equip you to study A Level Drama at John Cleveland Sixth Form or other providers.

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