Drama – KS4
Course name: Drama
Examination Board and Syllabus
EDEXCEL – 2DR01
The basis of the course is improvisation which is explored through a variety of stimuli (text, story, image, sound, and artefact). Though primarily a practical course, two written portfolios are compiled over the two years. In this students are given the opportunity to analyse and evaluate their work and the work of others. Students will also see a live performance and will write a theatre review.
The examination is divided into three parts:
Unit 1 – 30% Improvisation
This unit is an improvisation project based on a theme / issue and is assessed by the class teacher over the duration of the project (approx 4 weeks) – students are assessed on their practical work and on a supporting written portfolio of documentary evidence.
Unit 2 – 30% Text
This unit is a project based on a published play text and is assessed by the class teacher over the duration of the project (approx 4 weeks) – students are assessed on their practical work and on a supporting written portfolio of documentary evidence.
Students will also see a live performance as part of unit 2 and will need to write a live theatre review.
Unit 1 will be completed in year 10
Unit 3 – Performance
This unit involves working as a group to create and devise an original piece of theatre for an audience. It is assessed by an external examiner on the day of performance.
Students choosing the course will contribute and develop ideas within the group, explore issues and feelings, demonstrate and understand the skills required for performance
Students must be prepared to perform to a variety of audiences throughout the course.
Units 2 and 3 will be completed in Year 11
Homework takes the form of research tasks to help develop ideas for improvisation or participating in extra – curricular rehearsals in preparation for performances.
No specialist equipment is needed.
Up to date knowledge of current affairs and issues being explored by the media is useful. (BBC Website).
Supporting your child’s progress
Parents can support their child’s progress by encouraging them to go to the theatre independently of those trips which are organised by the department.
Parents can also support their child by ensuring that they attend the scheduled after school/ holiday rehearsals with their teacher.