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Y8 Options- Drama

DRAMA – GCSE Option 

Head of Department:

Mrs D Hill

Examining Board:

Pearson / Edexcel

 

What Will I Study

Component 1 - The Devising Process Overview

Students will:

  • work in a group to create and develop ideas to devise a piece of drama
  • devise from their own choice of stimulus
  • perform this piece of work

Students can perform in a group, sized from 3-6 performers. The group can also include up to one designer from each design role. The design roles are set, lighting, sound and costume.

Component 1 - The Devising Process Assessment

Students will record the creative process that they go through to produce their piece of drama. They will answer questions to analyse and evaluate their decisions through the process and their final performance.

Students will produce a written portfolio which can be made up of:

  • annotated photographs, drawings and sketches
  • annotations and notes
  • audio and or video evidence
  • written responses

Component 2 - Text for Performance Overview

Students will interpret and explore a performance text and perform two key extracts from it. Students can perform a monologue, or as part of a duologue or group. The group can also include up to one designer from each design role. The design roles are set, lighting, sound and costume.

Component 3 - Theatre Makers in Practice Overview

This is a written exam which is similar to an English exam

Section A: The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Students will practically explore the set text to be able to answer short and extended response questions. These questions will focus on decisions made as a performer, a director and a designer. An extract from the set text will be provided in the exam paper.

Section B: Two questions requiring students to evaluate a live theatre performance.

The exam will include a source booklet and a question paper. Students will be able to take notes in for Section B.

What Skills Will I Develop?

  • Team work
  • Communication
  • Confidence
  • Creative thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Thinking analytically and evaluate effectively.

How Will I Be Assessed?

Component 1-The Devising Process 40% - Internally assessed, externally moderated

Component 2-Text for Performance 20% - Externally assessed by a visiting examiner

Component 3-Theatre Makers in Practice 40% - Externally set and assessed examination – a written examination which is 1 hour and 30 minutes. The paper will include short and extended writing questions and will be made up of two sections.       

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