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Examination Board: AQA

Course Description and Organisation The drama course is an exciting, creative and challenging course for young actors. During the course, students will learn how to use their voice and facial and physical expression to create character and engage with an audience. They will study improvisation, devising theatre techniques, physical theatre, script work and theatre history. All performance work is groupbased and all students have the opportunity to share in the creative process with others. Assessment Arrangements Coursework: 60% practical work. Made up of: 15% preparation, understanding and rehearsing. 45% final performances to audiences. Examination: 40% written paper. Project/Coursework Details and Deadlines Up to four performance pieces of controlled and assessed coursework take place during the two years. Both scripted performance work and devised work will be assessed. The two highest graded pieces are submitted to the board. Deadlines are set during the course and every student must perform their work on the designated performance date. In order to prepare for the written paper, students are expected to attend all theatre visits organised as part of their ongoing coursework. Career Opportunities A good qualification in this subject is ideal preparation for students wanting to go on to study A Level Theatre Studies or a similar qualification. In addition, GCSE Drama illustrates to an employer that you have group work skills and are capable of working to deadlines with others, using your own initiative. Drama is an excellent way to build your confidence and ability to articulate your ideas and opinions in a group setting. Exam Board Link