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 Eduqas GCSE in Drama is an exciting, inspiring and practical course. The specification promotes involvement in and enjoyment of drama, as performers and/or designers. Additionally it provides opportunities to attend live theatre performances and to develop skills as informed and thoughtful audience members. The GCSE offers a broad and coherent course of study which enables learners to:
- Explore performance texts, understanding their social, cultural and historical context including the theatrical conventions of the period in which they were created
- Develop a range of theatrical skills and apply them to crate performance
- Work collaboratively to generate, develop and communicate ideas
- Apply knowledge and understanding when making, performing and responding to drama
- Reflect on and evaluate their own work and that of others
Summary of Assessment
Component 1: Devising Theatre: internally assessed, externally moderated 40% of qualification
Students participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of devised theatre using either the techniques of an influential theatre practitioner or a genre, in response to a stimulus set by WJEC Eduqas. They can be assessed on either acting or design
Component 2: Performing from a Text: externally assessed by a visiting examiner: 20% of qualification
Students study two extracts from the same performance text chosen by the centre. They participate in one performance using sections of text from both extracts. They can be assessed on either acting or design
Component 3: Interpreting Theatre: written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes: 40% of qualification
Section A: Set Text. A series of questions on one set text from a choice of five. Current choices are:
- The Tempest, William Shakespeare
- The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Bertolt Brecht
- Hard to Swallow, Mark Wheeller
- War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford
- DNA, Dennis Kelly
Section B: Live Theatre Review
One question, from a choice of two, requiring analysis and evaluation of a given aspect of a live theatre production seen during the course