Students develop their understanding and skills for the first 2 units of the GCSE- the practical and written coursework on Exploring themes and texts. They also learn more about their Unit 3 Performance paper.
Students explore the theme of War through research and Physical Theatre. After half term students participate in a series of GCSE workshops similar to the format of their examination, following the mystery of the life and death of Ann Graham.
Students learn more about theatre practitioners: Stanislavski, Artaud and Brecht through a practical devising project. They see a Live Performance and write a comprehensive evaluation about it in preparation for their assessed coursework in Year 11. They explore a play text in the second half of term.
Students sit a mock practical and written examination before half term, where they receive feedback and set specific targets. After half term, students complete 30% of their GCSE exam.
The emphasis is on encouraging students to build on their successes in Year 10 to maximize their achievement and widen their knowledge about Drama and Theatre. Students start to become aware of the opportunities for further study post 16.
Students complete their Exploring Texts coursework, worth 30% of their GCSE. They see a Live Performance and evaluate it. Taster sessions for AS Drama and Theatre Studies and BTEC Performing Arts are offered.
Students prepare for their Performance paper. They devise in groups a piece of drama using the range of skills learned in the course in response to an externally set stimulus. This paper is worth 40% of the overall GCSE grade and is marked externally.
Students sit their Performance paper in May to complete their GCSE.