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Higham Lane School




What Will You Do? 

Drama is an engaging and practical GCSE, where you will develop your ability to:  

  • Act and perform to an audience  
  • Be creative  
  • Use your imagination  
  • Have confidence in public speaking  
  • Work as part of a group  
  • Analyse, evaluate and appreciate dramatic performances  
  • Study play texts  
  • Understand different types of performance 
  • Develop understanding of physicality, voice and characterisation 

Drama is a vital GCSE for those who wish to continue studying the Performance Arts. It has also become increasingly important to top universities and employers, many of whom look for exactly the type of skills you will learn in Drama: effective public speaking, the ability to work successfully as part of a team and independently and creative thinking, to name but a few. 

How Will You Do It? 
Over three years, you will work individually, within a small group, or as a whole class, looking at different aspects of Drama and performance. 

You will study play texts, practitioners and different styles of dramatic performance. The majority of your Drama lessons will be practical and involve working creatively with others. There will be a written element of each unit involving a working record of your explorations. 

What Qualifications Can You Obtain? 
Successful completion of this course will lead to a GCSE in Drama at grades 9-1. There is a single tier of entry for this subject. 

How Will Your Work Be Assessed? 
You will be assessed through two practical components and a written exam: 

Component One: Devising Drama (Performance and written coursework). You will research and explore a stimulus, work collaboratively and create your own devised drama. You will write about the exploration process and evaluate the final performance. 30% 

Component Two: Presenting and Performing Texts. You will develop and apply theatrical skills in acting or design by presenting a showcase of two extracts from a performance text. 30% 

Component Three: Drama: Performance and Response (Written exam). You will explore practically a performance text to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of drama. You will evaluate a live theatre performance. 40% 

Remember: Drama is fun, but it is also hard work. You must be focussed, committed, enjoy working with others and willing to take a risk. If you are, then Drama is the right choice for you. 

For more information, please contact Mrs White, Subject Leader for Drama or Mr Bottrill. 

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