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Drama

Students will follow GCSE AQA Drama. The full specification can be downloaded from www.aqa.org.uk under ‘Qualifications’ and then ‘Drama’.  Basic information about the course is below.
Students will follow GCSE AQA Drama. The full specification can be downloaded from www.aqa.org.uk under ‘Qualifications’ and then ‘Drama’.  Basic information about the course is below.


 

THE COURSE

 

Students can expect to see and analyse a range of plays and other dramatic aspects, as well as produce their own material. They will be expected to undertake a range of personal study in order to appreciate fully the nature of drama and the techniques used within this media.

 

 


COURSEWORK

 

  • Practical coursework accounts for 60% of the course.
  • You will be assessed mainly according to your acting skills but also with regard to your organisation, communication and teamwork skills.
  • The main focus of the course will be on analysing dramatic performances and working as a team to produce effective dramatic pieces. You will also explore the following aspects of theatre:
    • Acting
    • Theatre & Education
    • Improvisation
    • Dance
    • Set design
    • Lighting
    • Costume
    • Make Up
    • Properties of the theatre
    • Masks
    • Puppets
    • Sound
    • Stage Management

 


Exam

 

  • There is a 1 hour 30 minute exam at the end of the course.
  • Students will answer Section A and either Section B or C.
  • SECTION A – response to your role in coursework performances
  • SECTION B – response to your performance of a set text
  • SECTION C – response to a live performance seen
  • The exam counts for 40% of the course

 



 

Drama at Key Stage 3 Year 7

 

Key Topics/ learning:

 Drama covers practical basics such as levels, posture, gesture, mime, composure and voice.
Students will have the opportunity to see and explore a wide range of theatrical performances.
Drama also develops transferable skills such as team work, communication and organisation.

 

Assessments:

 

 

The students are assessed throughout the year on several different pieces.
For every assessment piece, they are given a level for group work/piece creation and performance.

 

Key dates:

 

 

None

 

Revision resources

 

 

Students would benefit from visiting the theatre to see a wide range of productions.

 

Subject advice

and guidance:

 

Getting fully involved in all pieces of work is key. Students need to try and forget what their friends are thinking or doing and focus on the task in hand.

 

 

 

Drama at Key stage 3 Year 8

 

 

Key Topics/ learning:

 

 Drama practical basics such as levels, posture, gesture, mime, composure and voice.
Students will have the opportunity to see and explore a wide range of theatrical performances. Students also move onto script work. This involves work with already established scripts and the creation and performance of their own. 
Drama also develops transferrable skills such as team work, communication and organisation.

 

Assessments:

 

The students are assessed throughout the year on several different pieces.
For every assessment piece, they are given a level for group work/piece creation and performance.

 

Key dates:

 

None

 

Revision resources

 

 Students will benefit from visiting the theatre to see a wide range of productions.

 

Subject advice

and guidance:

 

Getting fully involved in all pieces of work is key. Students need to try and forget what their friends are thinking/doing and focus on the task in hand.

 

 

 

Drama at Key Stage 3 Year 9

 

 

Key Topics/ learning:

 

Music skills including music technology, sequencing, editing, mixing and FX skills. Choral and ensemble work including dramatic impact in performance on stage.

  • Theatre production skills including stage design, lighting and sound.
  • Drama skills including physical theatre, melodrama and musical theatre.
  • In term 2 pupils will specialize in a chosen pathway selected from: Music Performance Skills, Acting Skills, Dance Skills and Production Skills for Performance.

 

Assessments:

 

Term 1:

  • Drama Module
  • Music Module
  • Production Module
  • Research document on the Performing Arts Industry

Term  2 and 3:

  • Performance diaries
  • Individual showcase projects
  • Personalised curriculum projects within chosen study pathway

 

Key dates:

  • Performance Weeks:
    • Dress rehearsal and Performance week- Monday 28th April-Friday 2nd May

 

Revision resources

  • Pupil work to be marked along BTEC lines as Pass, Merit, Distinction and equated to NC levels accordingly for Year 9 reports.

 

Subject advice

and guidance:

  • Work hard at performing with confidence in lessons
  • Show good leadership skills where possible
  • Work hard at your chosen pathway in Drama, Music or Production skills
  • Concentrate  on learning the technical skills relating to your pathway of study
  • Be a good creative learner at all times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like further details about this course please see Miss Johnson or email: l.johnson@endon.staffs.sch.uk

There will be strict entry requirements for this course. Excellent attendance, ability to work in a range of groups and commitment are a must for this course.


CAREER SUGGESTIONS

Actor Teacher Stage Management           
Costume Design Lighting Designer Sound Designer
Make up Artist    

All careers involving teamwork, organisation and communication.

 



 

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