KS4 students study the AQA GCSE Drama course. All assessment is linear, with a written exam taking place at the end of the course. Students will sit a mock written examination in Year 10 and the final accountable written examination in Year 11.
60% of the GCSE will be assessed through non-exam assessment and 40% via the written examination.
Year 10 will be a Foundation Year to enable students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the skills, knowledge and approaches to dramatic and theatrical discipline. Students will feel confident within their subject knowledge and ensure their practical application is of the highest standard to be able to meet the demands of their Year 11.
As well as practical study students will need to be able to write within a variety of written applications, such as research and rehearsal notes, storyboards and reflective and planning documentation.
There will also be the expectation that students will read and study the meaning and potential of a variety of play texts during the course.
There is an expectation that students will see Live Theatre as a part of both their Year 10 and Year 11 study.
The four Assessment Objectives to be met throughout the study of the course are:
- AO1 Create and develop ideas to communicate meaning for theatrical performance
- AO2 Apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance.
- AO3 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and performed.
- AO4 Analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others.
Further information on the GCSE course can be found here.