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Key Stage 4

Edexcel Drama GCSE

GCSE Drama is all about understanding what it is like to put you in somebody else’s shoes. You will play many parts in different imaginary situations. You will have the opportunity to create your own work as well as look at plays written by other people.

The Course is in three Components:

  • In Component One (Devising), you will DEVISE AND PERFORM your own drama to express your ideas about a range of issues.
  • in Component Two (Scripted Performance), you will REHEARSE AND PERFORM a script to an audience and explore ways of making the play work on stage.
  • In Component Three (Written Exam), you will ANSWER QUESTIONS on a set text and about some live theatre you have seen during the course.

You will enjoy this course if you want to study a subject that is both practical and creative. You may have done some acting before or helped out backstage on a production. You may have always wanted to have a go at making a play, performing, making costumes, building a set or operating the lights but never had the chance. You will enjoy this course if you enjoy working as part of a team as Drama involves a lot of group work.

GCSE Drama follows on from drama work that you will have done at Key Stage 3 (years 8 and 9). You will develop your improvisation and acting skills to a higher level. You will also look at plays in more detail and look at different ways of bringing a script alive on stage.

EXAM – GCSE (Edexcel) Component 1 - 40%   Component 2 - 20%   Component 3 - 40%

Topics Covered per Half Term 

Terms

Year 10

Year 11

Autumn 1

 

Introduction to skills (focusing on specific GCSE performance skills).

Component 3 - Introducing set text

 

Component 3 – Section A (Set Text) & B (Live Theatre Review)

 

Autumn 2

 

Mock Component 1 - Devised Performance

Mock Component 3 - Section A (Set text)

 

Component 2 – Scripted Performance

 

Spring 1

 

Mock Component 3 - Section A (Set text)

Component 2 - Script Performance

 

Component 2 – Scripted Performance

 

Spring 2

 

Component 1 - Devised Performance

 

Component 2 – Scripted Performance

Component 3 – Section A (Set Text) & B (Live Theatre Review)

 

Summer 1

 

Component 1 - Devised Performance

 

Component 3 – Section A (Set Text) & B (Live Theatre Review)

 

Summer 2

 

Component 1 - Devised Performance

 

Students not in School - Examination Period