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Curriculum Outline: KS4 Drama

About the Course 

IGCSE Drama is a course designed to provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals and conventions associated with theatrical performance. Studying IGCSE Drama helps to improve interpersonal skills, collaboration with others, the confidence to present and the ability to become a leader. The subject also covers the technical aspects of the theatre such as lighting and sound and how this effects performance.


What I will study / do during the course? 

Throughout the course students will develop their acting skills, including the use of; voice, physicality, characterisation and improvisation. Lessons are very practical and involve a great deal of collaborative work and extra-curricular commitment.

The IGCSE Drama course is assessed in two components:

Component 1: Written examination (40%)

This is a 2 hour and 30 minute exam at the end of the course. Questions will be based on the pre-release material that the students will have been studying throughout year 11, and their devised piece of coursework.

The pre-released material comprises of 2 extracts from a repertoire script.

Component 2: Performing (60%)

Students will prepare three practical performances during the course, two of these will be created in groups of between 2 and 6 and the third will be a monologue from a published play text. Students are marked on their performance skills and their understanding of the characters and scenes that they are portraying.



What qualification will I get? 

If they are successful in the course students will achieve a GCSE qualification from grade 1-9


What partners are involved in the course? 

Students will work with a variety of professional practitioners throughout the course. Recent practitioners have included Daniel Taylor Productions, Box House Theatre and Gecko Theatre Company.


Where could this course take me? 

A Drama GCSE is a useful qualification for anyone interested in any aspect of the Performing Arts industry and is also a useful accompaniment GCSE English. A Drama GCSE can also demonstrate to universities and future employers that you are able to adapt, be creative, work with others and present yourself confidently whether that is in a meeting, consultation, presentation or negotiation. Drama skills are truly transferable and widely demanded in the world today.


Scheme of Work

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