Key Stage 4

Drama GCSE consists of both practical and written work:

  • Sixty percent of the course is practical and written work assessed by teachers within the department;
  • Forty percent is based on an externally assessed practical exam.

Students start year 10 with an introduction to the History of Theatre, which explores the origins of theatre in ancient Greece, techniques used in Elizabethan, Victorian and modern theatre and the influence of the work of famous practitioners.  As well as providing students with an opportunity to understand drama terminology and key skills necessary for GCSE, it also provides an introduction to ideas developed at A’level.

Our recent implementation of a Theatre in Education Project called “Performing for a Real Audience”, allows our year 10 students to gain valuable performance experience.  Taking place either in the second or summer term, the students visit a local primary school, interview KS2 children about their tastes in stories/plays and based on their ideas, devise a short piece, which is performed at the primary school several weeks later.

Coursework starts towards the end of Year 10 and includes at this stage a trip to a live theatre performance and the writing of an evaluation.

In year 11, students undertake two units of work.  Unit one is issue based and involves a six hour practical, assessed workshop, with one piece of written coursework under controlled conditions.  Unit 2 is based on the exploration of a published play and also involves a six hour practical, assessed workshop and two pieces of written coursework, including the theatre evaluation.  Unit 3 is the final practical exam, for which students devise their own piece of drama over a period of eight weeks.  This is performed for a visiting examiner in spring/early summer.