Key Stage 4 Drama
This GCSE course teaches the skills and knowledge you need to follow a career in:
Reading, analysing texts, extracts, video performances, research, preparing oral tasks / presentations, short writing tasks, longer writing assignments, re-drafting and improvisation.
Any pupil considering this option should have an interest in drama and the theatre in general, including the technical aspects of costume, lighting, stage design and sound production. You should be interested in self-expression, working with others towards a performance and evaluating what you and others do. You should also recognise the importance of being able to record and explain what you do and think.
Most Drama lessons consist of working in groups, so it is essential that students are able to work collaboratively. Students will also have to be prepared to feedback to the whole class, as this forms the basis for all feedback.
Stimulus for the drama will consist of current affairs, historical topics and written play scripts.
There is no written examination but throughout the course pupils are assessed on their practical skills in timed workshops. 40% of the marks are assessed by a group performance which is moderated by a visiting examiner.
There is also an option for technical support for this performance. This can be in lighting, sound or costume design.
The remaining 60% of the marks are assessed by practical coursework that includes two six-hour exploration workshops on a theme and a play. There is a written portfolio of between 3,000 and 5,000 words. The main component of this is a review of a piece of live theatre. In total the written aspect is worth 25% of the final mark.
Careers in theatre, media, communications industries, social work and both public and private sector employment
BBC Bitesize - GCSE Drama
Pupils make strong progress in subjucts such as English and Languages. They are articulate and literate.
OFSTED - June 2016
London SE6 2SE
Tel: 020 8461 9600