As well as gaining knowledge and understanding of Drama in various contexts, the pupil will develop creative and imaginative powers and the practical skills for expressing ideas and feelings in Drama.
In GCSE Drama the emphasis is on response to drama texts, rehearsal and performance. Ideas, situations and relationships are explored by pupils adopting roles in both script work and rehearsed improvisations. The course includes the practical study of a range of play texts and an introduction to the ideas of a leading theatre practitioner. There are opportunities to learn about stage lighting and set design for those pupils who wish to do so. Group work is an essential element of this course, as is a commitment to attend after school rehearsals, for examination pieces.
The written element requires pupils to keep a working notebook of their practical work which then becomes the basis for an examination question. The written examination also includes a question on practical work undertaken as well as a theatrical review of a live production seen during the course.
Enrichment Activities: The course will appeal to those who enjoy the theatre, like devising their own plays and want to develop their acting skills as well as those who want to develop in confidence. Three or four productions, either at a local theatre or in London, are seen over the two years. The cost of these trips will be approximately £75.00 in total.
WHEN? Start date: September.
Duration: 2 years.
How is it delivered?: Usually as part of a full-time programme.
Availability: Current and continuing.
Time Slot: Daytime.
WHO CAN DO IT? Age range: 14 - 16.
WHAT WILL YOU BE WORKING TOWARDS?
Qualification: AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Drama (500/4507/6) .
Awarding Body: AQA.
Sector: Performing Arts .
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU HAVE FINISHED?
What other learning could you do:
You could take this course to prepare for advanced level courses such as an A/AS Level in Drama and Theatre Studies or you may need to strengthen your grades by completing a foundation or intermediate vocational qualification.
With further training, you could go into a job related to Drama such as working in film, television or theatre industries. You may also like to look at joining a theatre group to increase your drama and theatre experience.
You could also go straight into employment and do further training or part time study with the support of your employer.
WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?
To find out more about this qualification, contact our Admissions Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01892 520902, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.
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