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Specification: Edexcel GCSE Drama (2016)
Specification Link: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/drama-2016.html
Year/Course Code: Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9 - 1) in Drama (1DR0)
GSCE Drama provides students with performance, collaboration, analytical and evaluative skills they can apply throughout their lives. Students are able to learn performance skills, focusing on voice, movement, character, script work and devising technique. The course allows students to build confidence in performance and theory related to theatre performance. The specification focuses on practical delivery of skills and text, with the course designed to practically deliver the prescribed texts to students. A free choice of performance texts (guided by the classroom teacher) allows students to experience a wide range of globally texts. Additionally, students are able to select a design element to their selected text and devising performances.
Students will watch, analyse and evaluate a range of live performances, where the course takes advantage of the school's proximity to the world class West End theatre district. Students will learn to appreciate the skills and techniques required for live performance and analyse and evaluate these in the final exam.Course Units and Description (20 words min. for each unit)Component 1: Devising allows students to devise original performance work based on a selected stimulus.
Additionally, students write a logbook and final evaluation of their devising and performance processes. There is also a design pathway available to students who wish to create original costumes, lighting or sound to compliment a group's original performance. Component 2: Performance from Text, students will perform two extracts from a selected text for an external examiner.
There is also a design pathway available to students for both selected extracts. Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice Exam. Students will study one selected play text (contrasting from Component 2 text) to respond to in a written exam covering performance technique, design and direction. Students will also view a live performance and respond to written questions examining the design, direction and performance of the selected production.
Our artist in residence supports the GCSE program with specialist skills and workshops. External performers and industry professionals run workshops and classes on a regular basis, teaching their selected practitioner specialism and extended the core learning taught in class. Recent graduates have gone on to study at RADA, Chichester University, Urdang, Mountview, Guildhall, Rose Burford, Stella Mann and many others. We frequently have alumni return to us to run specialist workshops and teach the next generation of EUTC performers!