Students must be able to analyse and deconstruct texts to find meaning and think about the ‘bigger picture’ when reading play-texts.

An ability to work in a group, be generous with time (there will times when after-school rehearsals may take place) and lots of physical energy will be needed.

You will certainly need a love of expressing yourself, being creative and having fun.

We will be looking at an array of different styles: fairy-tales, tension & suspense and gothic horror.

Outline of Course

The course is divided into three components

  1. Devising Drama
  2. Performing texts
  3. Performance and response

Component 1: Devising Drama (practical)

  • Format: practical and coursework (performance time: 5-15 mins)
  • Percentage: 30% of GCSE
  • Content: students will be given a range of stimuli and have to create a performance that has been inspired from one of them. This can be in a range of different styles: fairy-tales, tension & suspense and gothic horror.
  • This needs to be accompanied with supporting notes that can be completed in the following forms: scrapbook, essay, podcast or vlog. It will chart the students work: initial ideas, refinement and evaluation.
  • Duologues, trios or quartet

Component 2: Performing texts (practical)

  • Format: practical (performance time: 2-10 mins x2)
  • Percentage: 30%
  • Content: students will be given a suitable extract, which they have to rehearse, in a group or independently, and then perform to an external examiner. Students have to carry out two extracts from the same play.
  • Monologues and/or duologues
  • Component 3: Performance and response (written)

Format: written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

Percentage: 40% of GCSE

Questions: range from bullet point responses to short essay responses

Topics: understanding how drama is created from the perspective of the following theatre roles: performer, director & designer (set, lighting, costume & sound). A Production Seen will also take place – this is where students will have to review a piece of live theatre.

What can I do with a Drama Qualification?

You may wish to take a GCSE in drama for its own sake, perhaps to form the basis of a future interest or as part of a range of other subjects. Or you might wish to go into a job where it is useful to have had experience of drama, or where you will need to use some of the skills developed during this course. This might include careers in such fields as retail, travel and tourism, sales and marketing or any career that involves meeting people face to face. The study of drama can help you develop transferable skills which you can take into any career or job.

For further information see

 Mr M Walker        mwalker@sharnbrook.beds.sch.uk


April 2021