Shenfield High School

AQA GCSE Drama

Exam Board and Course Code –               AQA  4240

Brief Course Content Outline

3 Controlled Assessment Units - highest two units will be submitted (60%):

Practical Units include – Theatre in Education, Devising, Scripted  Performances, Physical Theare

Written exam (40%):  Analysis of Performance

Analysis of a Live Production

Analysis of Student’s own performance work.

Controlled Assessment and Expected Deadlines

  • Each piece of controlled assessment is practical and will take place in lessons, though extra rehearsals are allowed and encouraged (Rehearsal – 15 marks, Performance – 45 marks)
  • Theatre in Education / Pantomime
  • Physical Theatre
  • Improvisation / Devising

Assessment Procedures –       Controlled assessment is on-going from the moment student’s start in September.

There is one written exam at the end of Year 11 lasting 1hour 30 minutes.

Home Learning Outline –        Each class will be set at least 1 substantial homework once a week. Written work will be focussed on the written exam from Year 10.

Enrichment Activities  

  • Whole school musical
  • National Theatre Connections Competition
  • Assisting with Drama/Dance club
  • Assisting with the directing of the lower school play
  • Lighting/sound/stage management/make-up/costumes/props
  • Seeing as much theatre as possible.
  • Reading ‘The Stage’ newspaper
  • Attending Theatre Trips
  • Specialist workshops by professional Drama Practitioners

Level 2 BTEC Performing Arts – Course Information

BTEC Level 2 Award / Extended Certificate in PERFORMING ARTS

Exam Board: Edexcel

Equivalence: 1 GCSE

What will I learn?

During this course you will learn a range of skills and techniques that you will use throughout your working life no matter what career you choose, including confidence, teamwork and commitment.

What do I need to know before I can start the course?

This course is highly practical and fun but candidates must be highly reliable and committed as it provides a real-world approach. There are 2 externally assessed units for the entire course.

Topics include:

  • Individual Showcase
  • Preparation, Performance and Production
  • Musical Theatre Skills
  • Acting Skills
  • Devising Performance Work
  • Performing Scripted Plays

How will I be assessed?

The assessment will be heavily based on practical work.  Each unit has a written portfolio element.  There are 2 units which are externally assessed and marked by Edexcel.

What can I do after the course? What careers will this course be useful for?

  • You may decide to continue your studies in the Sixth Form by taking A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies or continue with the BTEC route by studying a Level 3 course in Performing Arts (equivalent to 3 A Level grades)
  • You may simply apply the transferable life skills you have developed in any career
  • You could also use the vocational qualification as entrance into a Drama School.

Who can I talk to for more information?

Talk to your Drama teacher or Miss Bradley, Team Leader.

AS and A2 Drama and Theatre Studies

DRAMA AND THEATRE STUDIES    AQA

Who is this course for?

Drama and Theatre Studies is open to everyone with a keen interest, enjoyment and relevant experience of Drama and the theatre. If you are already familiar with the challenges and pleasures of working as an ensemble in Drama at GCSE level or through involvement with school productions and wish to broaden your skills, you will find the course invaluable.

What do you need?

Students must have a keen interest in Drama and Theatre studies. GCSE grade C and above in Drama and English and at least a Merit for BTEC Performing Arts is essential.

What will you study?

  • AS Unit 1     Live Theatre review – 60% written exam
  • AS Unit 2     Performance of an extract from a play.  40% practical exam
  • A2 Unit 3     Detailed study of two contrasting plays – 60% written exam
  • A2 Unit 4     Devised Drama on a theme of the student’s choice.  40% practical exam.

What will you gain?

The AS and A2 courses are designed to extend students’ understanding and experience of theatre from a practical and theoretical point of view. Devising Drama and turning text into performance are also key elements to the course. There will be a number of opportunities to experience live theatre that will provide ideas and stimulus for practical work. Students will also study a selection of plays from the experience of an actor and director. Knowledge and understanding of the social and cultural context of Drama and Theatre will be developed.

The Theatre Studies course draws upon elements of Literature, Media Studies, History, Psychology and Design in the outstanding facilities of the Expressive Arts Block.

Where will this lead?

A Level Drama and Theatre Studies is particularly suitable for students who wish to continue their studies on any course at university and/or pursue a career in the industry, or use the transferable skills developed for any career.

Methods of Assessment

40% of the course is assessed practically during an examined performance with an external moderator. 60% is assessed via written exam though this is prepared for through practical work.

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade C in Drama and English, Merit in BTEC Performing Arts. An talent for practical performance is essential.

The recommended pathway of study is as follows:

46+  4 AS Levels 42+  3 AS Levels 40+  2 AS Levels plus 1 Single BTEC 38+  Level 3 BTEC plus 1 AS Level/Single BTEC 36+  Level 3 BTEC

Level 3 BTEC Performing Arts – Course Information

Who is this course for?

BTEC Performing Arts is a course that is open to everyone who is interested in the Performing Arts industry. It is diverse, challenging and will provide a real-world approach to working within the world of the Performing Arts. Students will need to be professional, reliable and highly committed.

What will you need?

Students will only gain entry onto this course by completing a Level 2 BTEC qualification in Performing Arts, GCSE Drama or can show relevant experience in the Performing Arts.

What will you study?

Units that will be studied include:

  • Devising Plays
  • Contemporary Theatre Performance
  • Performance Workshop
  • Approaches to Directing
  • Developing Voice for the Actor

Assessed Performances will include:

  • Anti-bullying day for Year 7
  • Primary School Performances
  • Contemporary Theatre Performance to parents
  • National Theatre Connections competition
  • Performance in a London Theatre

What will you gain?

Students will become professional learners able to use key social skills such as communication, commitment, confidence, co-operation, contribution and concentration.  Students will draw on the experience and expertise of a vast number of staff as well as resources not only in the school but also in the local/international community.

Where will this lead?

Progression from this course can include continued studies at universities such as Warwick or Bristol and continued studies at Drama Schools and a specialist Performing Arts College such as Central or Guildhall. Alternatively students can pursue a career in the industry or use the transferable skills developed for any career.

Models of Assessment

An Extended Diploma is continuously assessed via internally set assignments moderated by the exam board. Most units will have two or three assessed pieces of work that are graded at a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 36 points to include a Grade C in Drama at GCSE or a Merit at Level 2 BTEC Performing Arts.

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