Learning Together For The Future

Key Stage 4 (Edexcel)

Course Overview

There are significant new features in this course with a reduction in coursework to 40% of the total, 30% of this is made up of written/recorded evidence.

Students will need to feel confident about performance work or if this is something you are hoping to develop, you must be prepared to have a go. You will also need to be a co-operative and collaborative team player as a lot of the work will be done in groups. Finally, you will need strong written skills as 70% of this GCSE is written evidence. You will be taught performance skills, study playtexts, look at how theatre is made and visit the theatre. We will do as much practical work as possible to fulfil the course requirements while also completing the portfolio evidence.

Students should endeavour to see as much live theatre as possible outside of school as well as get involved in school theatre visits.

Assessment Criteria

Component 1
The Devising Process
40% NEA
Students devise a piece of theatre which they then perform. They will record the process in a portfolio. Internally assessed

Externally moderated
Component 2
Text for Performance
20% NEA
Performance of two extracts from a text Externally assessed by a visiting examiner
Component 3
Theatre Makers in Practice
40% Exam
Choice of one set text from eight. Must be explored practically. Evaluation of a piece of live theatre they have seen. Exam: 1 hour 30 min.
Sec A: Questions on a set text
Sec B: Live Theatre Evaluation

Where next?

GCSE Drama could lead on to further study in Drama, Theatre Studies, Performing Arts and Expressive Arts at A-level and above, or other related subjects such as English, Music, Dance, Art and Design.

Career opportunities for students who study Drama at a higher level include: the media, theatre, television, radio, the film industry, arts administration, drama therapy, and education.