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Drama

Introduction

Are you a lively, willing performer? Can you generate your own ideas as well as listen to others’ ideas? Do you want to work creatively as part of a team? Are you interested in the technical side of Drama e.g. lighting, sound, set design, etc? Then this is the right course for you.

What will you do?

You will take part in an exciting mix of improvised and scripted work in which there is considerable scope for individual ideas and development.

In Year 9 you will:

  • Develop your skills in
    • mime;
    • movement;
    • voice work;
    • improvisation.
  • look at the use of:
    • still imaging;
    • thought tracking;
    • narrating;
    • hot seating;
    • rôle play;
    • cross cutting;
    • forum theatre;
    • marking the moment
    • plus other major drama skills.
  • In Years 10 and 11 you will complete the examined units which includethe following componenents:
  • Component 1-Devising drama where you will research & explore a stimulus set by the exam board & create your own piece of devised drama.
  • Component 2-Presenting & performing texts where you will showcase two extracts from a published texts in front of a visiting examiner.
  • component 3-Performance & response where you will explore practically a play set by the exam board & answer questions in a formal written exam at the end of year 11. In this exam you will also be expected to review a play that we will have taken you to see.

How will I be assessed?

The devised piece of drama (Component 1) that you create will be marked by your teachers and video evidence will be moderated by an examiner. You will also produce a 20 page portfolio of the devising process. This is 30% of the total mark.

Presenting & performing texts (Component 2) you will be examined by a visiting examiner. 30% of the total mark.

Performance & response (Component 3) this is a written exam which is marked externally. 40% of the final mark.

What skills will I learn?

  • Communication and understanding;
  • Empathy and tolerance;
  • Confidence;
  • Enthusiasm and motivation;
  • Understanding concepts;
  • Teamwork and cooperation;
  • Listening and counselling;
  • Performance skills;
  • Problem solving;
  • Social skills.
  • Analysis skills.
  • Exanination skills.

Additional activities

You will see various theatre performances each year throughout the course. The plays will be announced as to availability closer to the time.

An annual visit to London’s West End.

How can Drama help me in the future?

Society and the workplace require confident, effective communicators with the ability to be creative leaders. A Drama qualification offers you the chance to make these ambitions a reality.

There are various careers in Drama. Here are some examples:

  • Acting;
  • Stage manager;
  • Arts administrator;
  • Drama teacher;
  • Drama therapist;
  • Television / theatre producer / production assistant
  • radio presenter.

GCSE Drama provides you with a suitable foundation for the continued study of drama at a more advanced level e.g.

  • A Level in Performing Arts (Applied);
  • BTEC Level 3 in Performing Arts;
  • BTEC Level 3 in Performing Arts (Acting);
  • BTEC Level 3 in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre);
  • BTEC Level 3 in Performing Arts (Technical Theatre);
  • Level 2 Apprenticeship in Technical Theatre.

How do I find out more?

Ask Mr. Jones for more information and guidance.

Email: j.jones@oakwood.ac​

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