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Mount Carmel - College for Girls

GCSE Drama

What kind of person do I need to be to do Drama?

In order to be successful in the GCSE Drama course you need to be a team player as a lot of what you do will involve working with others.

You also need to be committed, reliable and prepared to give up some of your own time outside of lessons for rehearsals or in order to see a theatre performance.

Do you enjoy…………

  • Expressing yourself in an active exciting way?
  • Working in a group?
  • Contributing your own ideas and respecting those of others?
  • Exploring ideas by putting yourself in other people’s shoes?
  • Playing many parts in different imaginary situations?
  • Creating your own Drama work?
  • Going to the theatre?
  • Performing in front of other people?
  • Looking at plays written by other people?

If you have said yes to any of the questions above, then GCSE Drama maybe the course for you. However, to be successful at Drama GCSE you also need to be prepared to give up time outside of lessons, be reliable, committed and prepared to work with anyone in the class.

Course Outline

During your two years of Drama GCSE you will explore drama techniques and skills through improvisation and performance work. You will read and perform in plays written by a variety of different people. You will have the opportunity to go to the theatre and to work with Performing Arts professionals.

Assessment

Almost all of the assessment is practical and there is no final written examination for this subject. However, this does mean you are continually assessed (i.e. assessed in every lesson). You will also be expected to keep an on-going written record of the work that you do in each lesson.

You must complete written tasks, about the work you have been doing, at a given time under controlled conditions with your teacher. This is the coursework element of the GCSE and is teacher assessed. It is very important as, along with a practical mark, it makes up 60% of your overall GCSE grade.

You also have to perform in a group devised piece in front of an outside examiner. This is externally assessed and makes up the other 40 % of your overall mark.

Career Opportunities

If you are thinking about going into the Performing Arts as a career this is an ideal course for you. A Drama GCSE will also demonstrate to a college or employer that you have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Some of the jobs that you can get through taking Drama beyond GCSE are:

Actor, Theatre/TV Director, Drama Teacher, Set Designer, Stage Manager, Theatre Front of House, Journalist, Drama therapist, Radio Presenter/DJ, Arts administrator, Television Production Assistant, Youth & Community Worker, Social worker, Filmmaker, Choreographer, Marketing/Sales, Advertising, Script Writer and Public Speaker.