The subject content is AQA GCSE Drama. It is divided into three components: Understanding drama, Devising drama and Texts in practice. Throughout the course pupils will develop an understanding of the characteristics of performance text(s) and dramatic work(s) e.g. genre, structure, character, form, style, language, sub-text, character motivation and interaction and will know how meaning is interpreted and communicated.
They will develop knowledge of how performers’ use vocal skills and movement to create characters. All will understand the social, cultural and historical context in which the performance texts studied are set and the theatrical conventions of the period in which the performance texts studied were created. They will also have knowledge of the design fundamentals such as lighting, sound, costume and set design. Students will have extensive knowledge of Drama and theatre terminology and how to use it appropriately. They will know the roles and responsibilities of theatre makers in contemporary professional practice.
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|Year||Term||Topic||Type Of Assessment||Assessment Window|
|10||Autumn Term||Practitioners - Brecht, Artaud, Stanislavski, Frantic Assembly||Formative Assessment||Exam - W/C 24th April|
|Component 2: Devising group performance||Writing devising logbook||Final Draft of Coursework W/C 1st May|
|Spring Term||Component 2: Devising group performance cont.||Devising log (60 marks)||Exam - W/C 24th April|
|Coursework: devising log documenting their devising process||Devised performance (20 marks)||Final Draft of Coursework W/C 1st May|
|80 marks in total - 40% of GCSE - This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.||Due W/C 8th May|
|Summer Term||Comp 2 Coursework: devising log documenting devising process||Students must perform or create realised designs for a devised duologue or group piece.||Coursework final amendments May, June, July|
|Performance April -Finish Coursework: devising log documenting their devising process||Section A: multiple choice (4 marks)||Written Exam end of Y11|
|Start Section A & B GCSE Written Exam||Section B: four questions on a given extract from the set play BLOOD BROTHERS (44 marks)|
|11||Autumn Term||Component 3: Texts in Practise||This component is a practical component in which students are assessed on their ability to apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance (AO2).||Autumn Term, Performing Component 3: Texts in Practise|
|Rehearsing monologues/duologues/group piece (2 extracts from a range of playwrights)||Component 3 constitutes 20% of the GCSE. It is marked by AQA.|
|Spring Term||Component 1: Written exam: 1 hour and 45 minutes||Written exam June 2023 - 80 marks, 40% of GCSE.||Exam Prep:|
|Section A: multiple choice (4 marks)||Section A: multiple choice|
|Section B: four questions on a given extract from the set play BLOOD BROTHERS (44 marks)||Section B: Blood Brothers|
|Section C: one question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (32 marks)||Section C: live theatre|
|Summer Term||Component 1: Written exam: 1 hour and 45 minutes||Written exam June 2023 - 80 marks, 40% of GCSE.||Performance of Extract 1 (20 marks) and Extract 2 (20 marks) 40 marks in total - 20% of GCSE This component is marked by AQA.|