Drama

Staff​

Mrs N McGrath

Mr G Gallagher

GCSE

GCSE in Drama is a linear qualification: Students take all the assessment at the end of the course. The specification has three components:

Component 1: Devised Performance

Component 2: Scripted Performance

Component 3: Knowledge & Understanding of Drama

Component 1: Devised Performance

Students choose either a performance or design pathway. There is no requirement to choose the same pathway in both components. In response to pre-release stimulus material, students either devise and present a group performance or devise and give a design presentation. Those choosing the performance pathway are assessed on acting. Those choosing the design pathway are assessed on a presentation on their chosen design discipline. Design students must choose one of the following design: costume; lighting; multimedia (use of image, sound, text and/or video); set; or sound.

All students complete a student log at the end of the devising process.

3.2 Component 2: Scripted Performance

Students choose either a performance or a design pathway. There is no requirement to choose the same pathway in both components. Students research and prepare a performance of their chosen published play script. Those choosing the performance pathway are assessed on acting. Those choosing the design pathway are assessed on a presentation on their chosen design discipline. Design students must choose one of the following design disciplines:

 

- costume; lighting; multimedia (use of image, sound, text and/or video); set; or sound.

Component 3: Knowledge and Understanding of Drama

Students study a set text. They develop understanding of the text and elements such as the playwright’s use of language, style and genre. They also explore contexts, and aspects of performance, production and design. 

 

Assessment for this component is a 1 hour 30 minute written examination

 

Drama helps greatly in the development of:

- Self-confidence and mutual respect

- An awareness of self and others

- How to express ideas and emotions

- The ability to work collaboratively

- The art of communication

Address

St Michael's College

Enniskillen

Chanterhill Road

County Fermanagh

Northern Ireland

BT74 6DE