Key Stage 4
GCSE Drama (AQA specification)
The Drama Curriculum at KS4 is exciting, creative and challenging. It has been designed to help pupils develop as a performer. It also encourages pupils to develop critical thinking skills and become effective and independent learners. With the focus on working imaginatively, collaborating creatively and communicating effectively, the curriculum provides a solid foundation for further Drama studies and vocational opportunities. Taught in a purpose built drama/dance block the course allows pupils to practically explore drama and theatre in a variety of ways.
Over the two years’ pupils will be assessed on their ability to prepare and present both scripted and unscripted material and will study a variety of different genres and styles. There are both practical and written assessments spread throughout the two years. We also aim to ensure that pupils will see at least two live productions during the course to enrich their understanding of the theatrical form and to help prepare them for the written demands of the exam. Ongoing project work (both written and practical) is expected to be completed that allows pupils to reflect on their aims as performers and also requires them to evaluate their skills.
Essentially the pupils are assessed as follows:
Two formal controlled assessments over the course, one of which is assessed by an external examiner and a terminal 1 hour 45 minute written paper worth 40% of the total marks for the course. This will contain questions on:
GCSE Drama will enable pupils to gather many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand their horizons.
Key Stage 5
A Level Drama and Theatre (AQA specification)
The A Level Drama and Theatre course is a very successful course for our Sixth Form students. Through engaging lessons and active research students are encouraged to develop a lifelong passion for Theatre.
Over the course students will demonstrate an advanced level of performance and production skills alongside their ability to think independently, make judgements and refine work in the light of research. They will also develop the ability to analyse the ways in which different performance and production elements are brought together to create theatre through the study of set texts and live theatre.
The A Level Drama and Theatre course is particularly suitable for those wishing to pursue arts-related degree courses. It is relevant for those wishing to pursue a career in the theatre, film or television. It is also useful for any career involving communications or public relations.
For more information on our A Level Drama & Theatre Studies provision please visit the course information area of our Sixth Form website.