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KS 3
About the course
Introduces the students to the process of drama and the elements of making theatre throughout Year 7-9. Develops core skills and knowledge through practical exploration.

What they will learn

Students learn a series of skills initially focussing on group skills in relation to shaping and developing drama. This includes improvisation, role play, movement and physical theatre. As the course progresses students develop their ability as performers and directors developing communication skills through focus on body, voice and imagination, combined with text and improvisation work. Students will develop confidence, evaluative and critical thinking skills whilst learning to work as part of a team.

How it will be assessed
Students are assessed on their practical work in class, combining their skills as a performer, their ability as a critic and their conduct as a student.

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KS 4
About the course
The course focuses on developing the students’ ability as actors and creators of theatre through a combination of practical, a written controlled assessment in response to the practical work and an examination of a set text and review of a live performance seen.

What they will learn
Students will focus on three different units throughout the course, looking at a variety of stimuli to devise drama and several plays building towards the second unit of work which is externally assessed on practical skills. Analytical and evaluative skills will be developed and examined in both coursework and the final written exam.

How it will be assessed
The course comprises of three units of work. Component 1 is a devised performance that is internally assessed on performance and is 10% of the overall GCSE. Students then create a written piece of coursework in this component which is worth 30% of the overall GCSE.  Component 2 is 20% of the GCSE and is an externally assessed performance comprising of two extracts from a selected play. Component 3 is the written examination and is worth 40% of the GCSE. This will focus on questions based on the set text and the live production seen as part of the course. The written exam element is also explored practically throughout the course.

Exam board
Pearson Edexcel

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KS 5
About the course
A level drama and theatre studies builds on and develops the students understanding and passion for drama and theatre. The course provides a diverse yet in depth understanding of how theatre is made across our shared history and cultures developing skills of empathy, critical thinking and imaginative exploration.

What they will learn
Students will develop a multitude of transferable skills that will help them with both further study and in the work place. Students study:  two play texts in depth with focus on language, plot, structure, character, social and historical context,  a performance of monologue or duologue, devising a piece of original theatre and exploring a play text in its original context.

How it will be assessed
A combination of practical assessment and written coursework assessed internally and externally – 60% and a written examination at the end of the course worth 40% of the overall A Level grade.

Exam board
Pearson Edexcel

Future Career Paths in subject
Education
Educational opportunities include a pathway to humanities degree at University or Drama School which could include acting, directing, design or stage management.

Employment
Many roles across the preforming arts sector and its various medium including, film, television, dance and theatre. It can also be advantageous in careers such as Public Relations, Politics, Law and Teaching.

Head of Department:
Ms Russell

Email:
RussellK@cfbs.islington.sch.uk

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