2018 - 2019
Performing and Creative Arts
Course Content & Assessment
We offer students the opportunity to visit the theatre both locally and in London. We also invite theatre companies and professionals to lead workshops within school to further students’ skills and enjoyment of the subject.
We have clubs for different projects running at lunchtimes and after school.
All students are encouraged to participate in school productions, and in activities in the community. Rehearsal spaces are always available for students to develop their work either independently or with support.
The focus at KS4 is on acquiring the skills required for production and performance. Practical exploration of both scripted and devised work is a key element in understanding these skills and students learn how drama is created, including the acting and staging skills required to put a piece of drama on the stage. Students explore themes, ideas and plays in a practical way and will be required to perform in a play or contribute a design element to a production such as lighting, costume or sound. The written element of the work reflects on the practical work undertaken and students are also required to write an evaluation of a live performance. Students are given the chance to attend at least one trip to experience live theatre and are encouraged to independently see more work to help them develop their interest and skills.
The GCSE course encourages and rewards creativity and will make you enjoy Drama even more than you already do. Its focus is on practical work, underpinned by theoretical reflection, analysis and evaluation. You will develop skills that will support progression into further study of drama and/or a wide range of other subjects.
There is now less coursework than with the old specification and the newly incorporated written exam is explored through practical workshops and live theatre trips.
You will develop your skills in devising, in working from scripts, in working with others, in evaluating performance, in exploring characters and different performance styles. You will do this surrounded by people who share your enthusiasm and energy for the subject, including your teachers.
This is one of the most popular GCSE choices, and students achieve the highest results in the school in this subject area.
Component 1 Devising – 40% - Practical and coursework
Component 2 Performing from a text (design routes available) – 20% - Practical
Component 3 Written Exam – 40% - (includes live theatre evaluation)
I love Drama GCSE lessons because we get to explore different techniques, stimulus and characters; sometimes we work with scripts, sometimes we develop our own material. We get so many opportunities to watch shows or to do workshops with professionals in the performing arts industry. Whether you want to do acting as a career or not, the course is really useful and engaging! Maddie Trueman - York House
Entry Criteria & Progression
We have BTEC and A-Level Post-16; the entry requirements for A-Level are:
Route A: GCSE Grade 5 in Drama
Route B: If you don’t study the GCSE Drama you can instead join the A-Level with GCSE Grade 5 in English Language and by being able to demonstrate a commitment to Drama with participation in extra-curricular clubs/productions or within local/national community.