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:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/gcse/drama-8261/introduction

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:

Area of study 1 – Set play

Area of study 2 – Live theatre production

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:

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.