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The course encourages students to work imaginatively and creatively in a collaborative context creating, developing and communicating ideas. The specification challenges the students to explore and develop devised and scripted performance material, in an extremely engaging and exciting way.
There is a free choice of stimulus material and play scripts for all units, giving flexibility to choose the most appropriate texts and themes for students. It is a challenging and demanding discipline both intellectually and artistically.
The GCSE in Drama encourages students to:
Component 1: Devising 40% (Internally assessed)
Pupils explore themes, topics or issues through practical Drama work. Pupils document and evaluate how the work has been explored in a 2,000 word controlled assessment.
Component 2: Performance from Text 20% (Externally assessed by Visiting Examiner)
Pupils study and interpret two key extracts from a performance text of our choice.
Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice 40% (Written Examination)
Pupils study one complete performance text for examination.
Pupils also attend one live theatre trips and evaluate the performance in examination conditions..