We are pleased to offer to pupils the Edexcel GCSE in Drama, which places emphasis on practical exploration and creates opportunities to perform or to gain experience in performance support. This is coupled with academic rigour in research, preparation, analysis and evaluation. The course that we have designed uses inspiring material which stimulates pupils to create exciting and imaginative drama, either through work on script, or in improvisation and devising.
Course Subject: Drama
Board: Edexcel GCSE Drama
The examination is divided into three parts:
Unit 1 (30%)
In this unit pupils will engage in a programme of work which will allow them to explore a theme, topic or issue through practical drama activities in a range of groupings. They will work with a range of stimulus material, which might include, images, music, text, film, objects or live theatre performance. Pupils will be continually assessed in their practical work on this unit, and will write a documentary response to their work under controlled conditions.
Unit 2 (30%)
In unit 2 pupils will explore a complete play text through practical activities in a range of groupings. They will learn how to interpret a play in various ways and understand how a play works in performance. Pupils will evaluate the effectiveness of different interpretations of a complete and substantial play text, develop performance skills and rehearsal techniques, use the language of drama to communicate ideas to others and explore different staging methods and approaches to developing characters. As in Unit 1, pupils will be continually assessed in their practical work and will write a documentary response under controlled conditions.
In this unit pupils will also be expected to attend at least one theatre trip organised by the Drama Department as they are required to write a Live Theatre Review.
Unit 3 (40%)
In this unit pupils will work as part of a group chosen by their teacher as a ‘Theatre Company’. As a whole group they must develop a performance of a scripted play or devise original pieces of drama for performance. Unit 3 is assessed by a visiting examiner from Edexcel and is performed to an audience of peers. We offer pupils the opportunity to celebrate their work in a performance to friends and family after the exam performance.
To support your daughter’s learning it is recommended that you:
- Encourage her to go to the theatre independently of those trips which are organised by the department.
- Explore the themes, ideas and historical context of the work studied in Drama in discussion at home, and encourage her to carry out further research to develop independent study skills.