Brighton Hill Community School


Study & Expressive And Performing Arts

Published on - 08-08-2017

Drama at Key Stage 4

Students may choose to study GCSE Drama from year 9, this is delivered over one double and one single lesson per week.

Current Year 11 are studying the Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Certificate in Performing Arts (Acting). Students will study core, mandatory and optional specialist units. Students must complete:

Two core units: Individual Showcase AND Preparation, Performance and Production

The additional mandatory units: Acting Skills AND The Performing Arts Industry

Optional specialist units: Performing Scripted Plays, Devising Performance Work, Voice AND Speech for Performers.

Year 9, 10 and 11 Enrichment Drama Clubs will run on a weekly basis whereby students can spend more time on Drama projects.  Students will also have the opportunity to showcase their work through display and production evenings.

From 2016 onwards students who chose to continue drama in year 9,10 and 11 will follow the AQA GCSE Drama.

GCSE Drama offers students the opportunity to explore drama as a practical art form in which ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through choices of form, style and convention. Students will create, perform and respond to drama informed by their theoretical knowledge of drama and theatre.

GCSE Drama is divided into three components: Understanding drama, devising drama and texts in practice
Students will gather many invaluable skills, they will learn to collaborate with others, think analytically and evaluate effectively. They will gain the confidence to pursue their own ideas, reflect and refine their efforts. Whatever the future holds, students of GCSE Drama emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills, applicable both in further studies and in the workplace.

Assessment Structure:
Component 1: Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre - study of one set play and complete an analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers (Written exam: 1 hour 45 mins)

Component 2: Devising drama - students will learn the process of creating devised drama and complete a performance devised drama (Devising log and performance)

Component 3: Texts in practice - Performance of two extracts from one play. (Performance of Extract 1 and 2)
Year 11 students are expected to attend regular ‘Zone’ sessions whereby students can spend more time on GCSE drama projects. GCSE drama students will also have the opportunity to showcase their exam work through performance and production evenings.

Drama at Key Stage 3
Students in Year 7 and 8 will study drama within one 50 minute timetabled lesson per week.

Students will have the opportunity to learn improvisation techniques, characterisation, performance and production skills, language awareness and how to interpret texts.

Assessments will take place every half term, and will focus on devising and performing. Individual and group work will allow students to express themselves vocally and through movement enabling them to develop the confidence to perform in front of an audience.