DRAMA Booklet - Bideford College Online

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DRAMA Booklet - Bideford College Online

DRAMA & PERFORMING ArtSWith the purpose built Drama Studio, the Drama and Theatre Arts course offers a challenging andvery exciting opportunity for those students who are interested in Performance and producingdrama.There are very few careers today that do not require the ability to work with other people. Theability to express ourselves in words is an important skill in the modern world. Students followingeither Drama or Performing Arts will develop creative and transferable skills within the practicalDrama lesson. Being involved in a theatrical performance brings together many personal qualitiesand capabilities. The work demands sensitivity, discipline, commitment, confidence, trust,understanding and sincerity. The work also brings the excitement and enthusiasm unique to theatreto those taking part.The Drama and Performing Arts courses offer a wealth of skill and opportunities to students. Theyoffer skills suitable for careers in theatre, television, radio, teaching, design, music, fashion and anycareer where the ability to work with people and express oneself is an important part.What do you do during the two years?A large amount of time is devoted to practical work. Students must be aware that homework cantake the form of practical rehearsals after school and in your own time. During the Drama lessonsstudents explore all aspects of theatrical presentation. The skills and discipline of performer andactor are explored together with how roles and characters are created and developed.Course TitleCourse ContentDramaDRAMA – GCSE (Edexcel)The course also involves the learning of a theatrical vocabulary so that studentsbecome adept at selecting the most effective means of expression for theirpiece of Theatre.Practical and Written Coursework – 25% Written 35% PracticalUnit 1: Using Drama to explore ideas and issues within workshopsUnit 2: Interpretation of a complete play within workshopsEach unit of practical work is supported by the written portfolio which involvesevaluation and recording of your practical work. Notes will be made duringclass and for homework but will be completed in class under controlledconditionsThe year 10 course is begins by studying skills and techniques used within thisexplorative practical work, during the Summer Term assessed work will begin.Unit 3: Practical Performance – 40% of the marksThe performance of either:a devised performance, ora scripted performance


The paper has the technical option or performance support, here you choosefrom one of the following:Costumes, masks/make-up, stage design, lighting or sound. This performance ispresented in the evening to a visiting examiner with an invited audience.During the two-year course you will be taking part in a number ofperformances in class and during the evenings. These will be assessed as partof this GCSE examination.There is no written examination in this GCSE examination.As part of the course Year 10 and 11 students have the opportunity to take partin theatre workshops and visit theatre performances at Plymouth, Bristol orLondon.How is the courseassessed?Units 1 and 2 are assessed both practically and through written tasks. Thegrades will be awarded by your teacher and then moderated by an externalexaminer. Unit 3 is assessed by an external examiner.What qualificationwill I get?FutureprogressionWhere can I getmoreinformation?You will be awarded a GCSE grade A*-GWe would strongly advise students wishing to take Level 3 Drama in the SixthForm to follow GCSE Drama course in Years 10 and 11.College Website/Edexcel Website or by speaking to Mrs Rossiter/MissBrimacombe

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