GCSE Drama

Why choose a qualification in Drama you may ask, the answer is quite simple – it will challenge your experiences and opinions, take you on a journey of discovery and will help you develop skills that are highly prized by employers.

Drama as a subject helps develop teamwork and leadership skills.  You will be given the opportunity to work practically on a wide variety of different tasks, your teacher will challenge you to work in a team, take the lead and use your imagination.  Leadership and team work skills are something that are difficult to learn.  Drama however is a phenomenal way to develop and hone these skills, and when developed you will never forget how to be a leader or work as part of a team.

Communication skills are important regardless of the direction your future takes or career you choose. Drama will be of benefit to you as it will help develop your ability to communicate your ideas, express your opinions and develop the ideas of others.  Outstanding communication skills are something that every potential employer will be looking for in the future regardless of whether you intend to join the armed forces, train to be a vet or run your own business.

Drama will also help you succeed in other subjects.  By reading, performing and analysing scripts, Drama will help you with English, problem solving will help in all aspects of your learning, but most of all by being a confident orator you will have the skills to communicate your knowledge and understanding.

Drama will not prepare you to become an actor and you do not need to be the strongest performer, however you do need to have an open mind, a willingness to step into someone’s shoes and be prepared to experiment with different styles and approaches.  You must be motivated at all times.

What does GCSE Drama entail?

There are three parts to the qualification:

  • Part One: you will devise your own performance based on a stimulus provided by the exam board, keeping a detailed log of your process.
  • Part Two: Exploring a script and preparing an extract for an examination performance.
  • Part Three: Written Exam.  Here you will evaluate a professional performance observed with your teacher, and answer questions about a different play you have studied in class.

By choosing Drama you will have the opportunity to explore practically before noting down your process, analysing and evaluating its effectiveness.

Students will not only focus on the performance elements of Drama, but also the meaning created through the use of technical aspects.  This will be explored in detail after observing how the professionals do it.  You will then be provided with the opportunity to implement your knowledge and understanding through your own devised work.  To enable you to create your own professional standard work.

Any parents or students who would like further information about a qualification in Drama then please speak to Mrs May-Jones who will be happy to answer any questions.