Drama

Key Stage 3
GCSE Drama
BTEC Performing Arts

Y7 & 8 receive Drama once a fortnight and cover the following topics;

  • Y7 Physical Theatre - Exploring using your body as prop.
  • Titanic - Using naturalistic acting skills to explore an historic event.
  • Mask - Learning the skills to successfully perform in Mask.
  • Y8 Donna's Story - Using naturalistic acting skills to create a story.
  • Melodrama - Exploring the style of Melodrama in a practical way.
  • Developing Scenarios - Learning skills needed for successful performing and devising.

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Exam Board: Edexcel

Course title and type of qualification: Drama GCSE (9 – 1)

What will I learn?

Throughout the course students will develop their understanding of drama techniques and how they can be used to explore the drama. They will develop skills in performance by being challenged in new ways than before, for example looking at the work of established practitioners to find new ways of presenting performance. They will work on both devising performance work and scripted plays.

The course covers 3 components:

Component 1: Devising

  • Part A - Devised Performance: Using a given stimulus to create an original piece of theatre as part of a group.
  • Part B - Portfolio: 2000 words written, or 4-5 minutes filmed covering the creation process and analysis.

Component 2: Performance from Text

  • Part A - Scripted Performance 1: Either a monologue, duologue or a group performance from a given text.
  • Part B - Scripted Performance 2: Either a monologue, duologue or a group performance from the same text.

Component 3: Theatre Markers in Practice

  • Part A - Bringing Texts to Life: Five questions about 'DNA' by Dennis Kelly covering performance, directing and designing.
  • Part B - Live Theatre Evaluation: Two questions asking students to evaluate and analyse a live theatre performance.

What could I move onto?

For students wishing to continue their studies in Drama the next step is A Level Drama and Theatre Studies, which we offer at Abbey Grange. In terms of pairing with other GCSE subjects, Drama goes well with Languages, History, Religious Studies, English and Music.

Also, due to many of the skills mentioned above, Drama has many transferable skills to aid progression with various education/career choices as it also develops skills for work requiring a high level of confidence, presentation, and group sensitivity. Previous students have found careers in Advertising, Design, Law, Health Promotion, Medicine, the Police Force, Radio, TV, Teaching and, of course, Theatre.

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Exam Board: Pearson

Course title and type of qualification: BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts

What will I learn?

Students who opt for the BTEC qualification in Performing Arts study a wide variety of different performance styles and practitioners. The course has been put together to provide practical exploration of the subject, to build confidence and provide deeper understanding of the working world of Performing Arts.

The course covers 3 units:

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts

  • Part A - Professional Practitioners: Students will present their research and examples of practical work in a written of filmed portfolio.
  • Part B - Practical Exploration: Students will practically explore a range of theatre practitioners, styles and professional performances.

Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in Performance

  • Part A - Develop Skills & Techniques: Learners will participate in workshops and classes, developing performance or design skills
  • Part B - Apply Skills: Learners will apply performance or design skills and techniques in a performance (individual or group). They will communicate existing material in a selected style within their chosen discipline.
  • Part C - Review: Learners will reflect on their development and application of skills, techniques and working practices. They will provide a review in the filmed or written format.

Component 3: Performing to a Brief

  • Parts A & B - Respond to Brief, Developing Skills: Written or filmed evidence of discussions and ideas about the brief. Workshop evidence of practical exploration.
  • Part C - Performance: Working with others to complete rehearsals, develop skills and take part in a final performance.
  • Part D - Evaluation of Process: Written or filmed evidence, reflecting on the success of the process and performance.

How will I be assessed?

Grading will be in the form on Distinction* / Distinction / Merit / Pass. The course is assessed on a combination of practical and written assessments. There is no written exam on the BTEC course.

  • Unit 1: Exploring the Performing Arts – 30% of Grade – Internally Assessed. Part coursework, part practical workshops.
  • Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in Performance – 30% of Grade – Internally Assessed. Part coursework, part rehearsal and performance.
  • Unit 3: Performing to a Brief – 40% of Grade – Externally Assessed. Part coursework, part workshops and part performance.

What could I move onto?

One of the main purposes of BTEC qualifications is to help learners to progress ultimately into employment. The vast majority of employers require learners to have certain technical skills, knowledge and understanding to work in a particular sector, but they are also looking for employability skills to ensure that employees are effective in the workplace. Unlike technical skills, which may become out-dated over time, employability skills enable learners to adapt to the ever-changing roles needed to survive in the global economy.

Drama has many transferable skills to aid progression with various education/career choices as it also develops skills for work requiring a high level of confidence, these skills include: self-management, team working, business awareness and customer awareness, problem solving, communication and presentation. Previous students have found careers in Advertising, Design, Law, Health Promotion, Medicine, the Police Force, Radio, TV, Teaching and, of course, Theatre

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Leeds
LS16 5EA

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