GCSE Drama

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What will I learn?

Studying drama has many benefits. You can learn to devise your own drama, develop as an actor, develop a technical design skill, learn to direct, develop your creative skills, develop you analytical skills, make decisions, work in teams and develop your communication.

The course is divided into the three areas you will have already studied in years 7, 8 and 9.

  • devising drama;
  • acting and/or technical design;
  • analysing and evaluating drama.

You will do some of these activities by studying published plays.

How will I learn?

The course is based on your practical understanding of theatrical and dramatic works. The course is divided into three units. In unit one you will complete two tasks. In the first task you will devise a piece of drama in a group and learn how to shape and present your own piece of theatre. In task 2 you will write a report on the work you did in task one. In the second unit you will perform a scene from a published play in groups where you will develop your understanding of dramatic interpretation and how to transfer drama from page to stage.

Finally, in unit 3, you will answer questions in an examination. These questions will be based on a play that you will study in a practical way during the year.  

How will I be assessed?

You will follow the WJEC Specification through the medium of English.

Unit One is a controlled assessment worth 60%.

Unit Two is assessed by an external examiner and is worth 20%.

Unit Three is a written examination worth 20%.

What next after the course?

This course is an excellent foundation for anyone wising to follow a pathway in the performing Arts and is a great stepping stone towards A Level or vocational studies. But the course is also a great opportunity for students to develop their self-confidence, improve their social skills and improve their communicative abilities, all strong life skills that will be integral to any future career pathway.

Future employment opportunities?

The future opportunities that are provided from this course are diverse and varied. Acting, directing and technical opportunities in Theatre, Film and Television are obvious directions that may be pursued, but there are also opportunities in Media, Drama Psychology, Drama Therapy, Advertising, Marketing, Training, Producing, Leisure and Tourism and Broadcasting to name but a few, that may develop from this strong foundation.