Drama is a valuable complement to English GCSE and builds transferable skills in creative thinking, problem solving, effective communication, confidence and cooperation with others in group work. It is also fun, particularly for those who enjoy getting out from behind desks and working practically.
Pupils will develop individual imagination, creativity, confidence and concentration. By working collaboratively, they will also develop skills in devising and refining creative work.
At A Level, pupils can opt to take Theatre Studies.
The WJEC course, which we will be following from 2016 comprises three units involving :
1. Devised Practical work on a set theme and a written report (controlled assessment) this work is recorded for external moderation.
2. Examined Practical group performance (in groups of 2-5) of two short extracts from a published play (Practical Exam) The practical examination involves a group performance in front of an audience which is assessed by an external examiner.
3. Written Examination (90 minutes) from a choice of six texts and a live theatre review.
The balance of practical/performance based assessment to written assessment is 60:40.
The practical examination involves a group performance in front of an audience which is assessed by an external examiner.