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Drama

Introduction

The Drama Department is a highly energetic, creative, inviting and inspirational subject here at the academy.

Drama plays a central role in bringing together a wide variety of students, teachers, parents and members of the community to celebrate the wealth of talent we have here. We strongly believe that Drama is essential in building confidence within students, not just for performance but within their everyday lives. We also believe that Drama isn’t just about acting and performance - it is a vital tool for the exploration of the world around us.

Drama and performing arts is taught as a discreet subject across all key stages, benefitting from 2 specialist drama teachers. We have 2 teaching spaces fully equipped with an LED lighting rig, sound system, black box theatre facility - with seating for approximately 200 people.

PACE - Years 7 & 8

What will I study?

We study a wide range of topics within Drama - in Year 7 we equip students with their drama toolkit, study silent movies, murder mystery, The Aberfan disaster, Oliver and bullying.

In year 8, students go on to explore the world of ghost stories, urban myths, survival, The stones and Shakespeare.

How will I be assessed?

Student work is assessed using the PACE curriculum assessment framework – based upon the modes of assessment used for GCSE Drama.  Your work is assessed based upon the following 3 strands:

  • Creating – how well do you work within a group?  What ideas do you contribute?
  • Developing & Performing – How effectively do you bring ideas to life through rehearsal?  How well do you perform a range of different characters?
  • Evaluating – How effectively can you offer feedback to other people’s work?  Are you able to assess and critique your own work?

Key Stage 4 – Years 9, 10 & 11 

What will I study?

You will follow the Edexcel GCSE Drama course of study.  This course comprises of 3 Components:

  1. Devising TheatreCreate and develop a devised piece from a stimulus (provided by your teachers). You will stage a performance of this devised piece to a live audience.  Through the use of an on-going portfolio, you will analyse and evaluate the devising process and performance.
  2. Performance from text – You will either perform in and/or design for two key extracts from a performance text of your choice.  This is an externally assessed part of your examination, which means that you will perform to a live audience and a visiting examiner.
  3. Theatre makers in practice - Practical exploration and study of one complete performance text (We have a choice of eight plays).  We will make numerous visits to the theatre to watch live professional productions, in order to write an evaluation of the performance seen and the interesting elements of the production.

What will I learn?

You will learn how to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding when making, performing and responding to drama.
  • Explore performance texts, understanding their social, cultural and historical context including the theatrical conventions of the period in which they were created.
  • Develop a range of theatrical skills and apply them to create performances.
  • Work collaboratively to generate, develop and communicate ideas.
  • Develop as creative, effective, independent and reflective students and be able to make informed choices in process and performance.
  • Contribute as an individual to a theatrical performance.
  • Reflect on and evaluate your own work and that of others.
  • Develop an awareness and understanding of the roles and processes undertaken in contemporary professional theatre practice.
  • Adopt safe working practices.
How will I be assessed?

Component 1 – Devising Theatre – You will be marked and assessed by your teachers on your practical performance and written portfolio assessment – this component is worth 60 marks (40% of your overall grade).

Component 2 – Performance from text – You will be externally assessed by a visiting examiner, based upon your practical performance – this component is worth 48 marks (20% of your overall grade).

Component 3 – Theatre makers in practice – You will be externally assessed based upon this written exam.  Part 1 of your exam is based upon a set studied text and part 2 is based upon analysing and evaluating a piece of live theatre you have seen.  You are allowed to take 500 words into this exam for this part of the question.  This component is worth 60 marks (40% of your overall grade)

Key Stage 5

What will I study?

You will undertake a Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate in Performing arts, which is the equivalent to 1 A-Level.  You will also receive the equivalent UCAS points as an A-level.  You will study 4 units of which, 3 are mandatory and 2 are external.  Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (58%).

Unit 1 – Investigating Practitioners work – You will study key practitioners and their influence upon theatre practice.  Unit 2 – Developing skills and techniques for live performance – for this unit, you will study a wide range of styles of theatre and how to apply them for live performance.  Unit 3 – Group performance workshop – is the final unit you will study, in which you and your fellow cast will produce and stage a large scale production for a public audience.  Your optional unit will be selected based upon the groups’ strengths and preferences, and you may choose from acting styles, Improvisation, theatre in the community, musical theatre and many more.

What skills will I develop?

The BTEC level 3 Extended Certificate will develop your practical performance skills, as an actor on stage, your roles and responsibilities as member of a theatre company and how to interpret a range of repertoire and practitioners.  This qualification will be an excellent foundation for higher education.

How will I be assessed?

4 units - of which, 3 are mandatory and 2 are external.  Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (58%).

Unit 1 – Investigating Practitioners work – Externally assessed.
Unit 2 – Developing skills and techniques for live performance – Internally assessed.
Unit 3 – Group performance workshop – Externally assessed.
Optional unit – Internally assessed.

Further Information

If you require any further information then please do not hesitate to contact Miss Holker or Mr Hughes.