Key Stage 4 - Drama
Exam Board: AQA Drama (8261)
The GCSE in Drama offered at KSHSSA is in line with the AQA qualification. The specification gives candidates the opportunity to:
- Demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
- Study of one set play from a choice of six
- Analyse and evaluate the work of live theatre makers
- Engage in the process of creating devised drama
- Deliver a performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer or designer)
- Deliver performances from extracts of existing plays (students may contribute as performer or designer)
- Analyse and evaluate their own work
Course content / structure
Students are allocated 5 hours per fortnight of timetable time in Years 10 and 11 for their Drama studies. The course content is divided into 3 components, Understanding Drama (40% of overall grade), Devising Drama (40% of overall grade) and Theatre in Practice (20% of overall grade). The students are assessed on a combination of written and practical work.
Component 1: Understanding Drama
Knowledge and understanding
Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the following:
- The characteristics of performance texts and dramatic works.
- 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.
- How meaning is interpreted and communicated through the study of elements including: performance conventions; use of performance space; actor and audience configuration; design fundamentals such as scale, shape, colour and texture; the design of props and the design of sets such as revolves, trucks, projection, multimedia and pyrotechnics; the design of costume including hair and make-up; the design of lighting and the design of sound.
- Drama and theatre terminology and how to use it appropriately.
- The roles and responsibilities of theatre makers in contemporary professional practice.
Area of study 1 – Set play
- Students must study and explore practically one set play chosen from a prescribed list, developing knowledge and understanding of the characteristics and context of the whole play and exploring ideas for how the play may be interpreted practically.
Area of study 2 – Live theatre production
- Students must learn how to analyse and evaluate the work of live theatre makers (performers and/or designers).
Component 2: Devising drama
This subject content is assessed practically.
Students can be assessed as performers or in a range of technical options. For this component students are required to complete the following two assessment tasks:
- produce an individual Devising log documenting the devising process
- contribute to a final devised duologue or group performance
The Devising log is marked out of 60 and each student's contribution to the final devised performance is marked out of 20.
Component 3: Theatre in practice
This subject content is assessed practically. Students can be assessed as performers or in a range of technical options. For assessment, students must perform or create realised designs for two extracts from one play which contrasts to the set play studied in Component 1.