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GCSE Drama

CCEA GCSE Drama

GCSE Drama is a broad and coherent course that can motivate and inspire students. It encourages them to develop a personal interest in drama and allows them to build and showcase their competence in a range of creative, practical and performance skills.

 

This qualification prepares students for further study in the performing arts, a career in acting or design, or work in a related area such as arts management. Its emphasis on innovation, presentation, collaboration, communication and evaluation makes it relevant to many careers


Course Overview

 There are three components: two internally assessed (60%) and one externally assessed (40%).

All assessment is completed at the end of the course.

  The specification aims to encourage students to develop a personal interest in drama, to engage actively in the process of dramatic study, to work imaginatively and creatively in collaboration with their peers, to analyse their own work and the work of others, and to develop and demonstrate competence in their chosen pathway of acting or design.

  The specification offers opportunities to build on the learning experiences from Key Stage 3 and to develop the Cross-Curricular Skills and Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities at Key Stage 4.

  A range of support material is available, including specimen assessment materials, exemplar planning frameworks and teacher and student guidance on controlled assessment.

 
SPECIFICATION SUMMARY

 Component 1: Devised Performance Controlled assessment – a performance or a design presentation, and a student log (first assessment Summer 2019)

 Component 2: Scripted Performance Controlled assessment – a performance or a design presentation (first assessment Summer 2019)

 Component 3: Knowledge and Understanding of Drama External written examination – 1 hour 30 minutes, three questions based on one set text (first assessment Summer 2019)
 

Content

Summary

Assessment

Weighting

Component 1

Devised Performance

 

Students choose either a performance or design pathway.
 

In response to pre-release stimulus material, they either devise and present a group performance or devise and give a design presentation.
 

Design students must choose one of the following disciplines:
costume, lighting, multimedia, set or sound.

Students also complete a student log.

Controlled  Assessment

 

Internally Assessed / externally moderated

 

50 Marks 

 

25%

Component 2

Scripted Performance

 

Students choose either a performance or a design pathway.

Students research and prepare a performance of their script.

Design students must choose one of the following disciplines: costume, lighting, multimedia, set or sound and give a design presentation

Controlled Assessment marked by a visiting CCEA Examiner 

 

70 Marks

35%

Component 3

Knowledge and understanding  of set text (Written Exam)

Students choose one set text from the list below.

 They develop understanding of the text and elements such as the playwright’s use of language, style and genre.
 

They also consider contexts and aspects of performance, production and design. Set Texts
 • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
 • Juno and the Paycock
• The Crucible
 • Philadelphia, Here I Come!
 • Tea in a China Cup
• Blood Brothers

External written examination

 1 hour 30 mins

 Three questions on their set text 80 marks

40%

 

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