This two year course is split in sections on coursework (performance work), a set play and reviewing live theatre performances.

Year 10

Content: Link to AQA GCSE Drama Specification
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama-and-performing-arts/gcse/drama-4240
Unit 1: We study Section A and Section C
Unit 2: We complete up to 5 Controlled Assessments over two years in Devised Thematic (option 1), Acting (option 2) and Physical Theatre (option 5)

 

Year 11

Content: Link to AQA GCSE Drama Specification
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama-and-performing-arts/gcse/drama-4240
Unit 1: We study Section A and Section C
Unit 2: We complete up to 5 Controlled Assessments over two years in Devised Thematic (option 1), Acting (option 2) and Physical Theatre (option 5)

Practical coursework makes up 60% of your final grade. There are a range of performance and technical based options including acting, improvisation, and dance drama, as well as costume, set design, stage management and lighting and sound. All students must do at least one performance based option – you cannot do only technical options.

Throughout Years ten and eleven you will complete up to 4 performance coursework projects – the last one is likely to be performed in front of a moderator from the exam board. The highest marks from 2 of your projects will go forward to make up your overall practical mark. You will be assessed on how well you cope with rehearsals and co operate with other during lessons, as well as your final performance.

The written exam lasts for 2 hours (exam 2010) or 1 hour 30 mins (Exam 2011), and there is only one tier of entry. During this exam you will answer questions on a set play ‘The Crucible’ by Arthur Miller and on a performance you have seen during the course. It is a strict requirement of the exam that all students see live theatre performances during the GCSE course – this can include school shows and local theatre as well as West End productions. The written paper accounts for 40% of your final GCSE grade.