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EDUQAS GCSE Drama
The course requires students to be able to create and analyse drama through practical and written units.
Component 1: Devising theatre (40%) Internally assessed, externally moderated
Students participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of devised theatre inspired by either a theatre practitioner or specific genre, in response to stimuli set by the WJEC Students have the opportunity to be either an actor or designer.
The students will be assessed on
- The final performance/design
- A portfolio of supporting evidence
- An evaluation of the final performance/design
Component 2: Performing from a Text (20%) externally assessed by visiting examiner
Students study two extracts from the same performance text. They will participate in one performance of both extracts. Students can be assessed on either acting or design.
Component 3: Interpreting Theatre – Written Examination (40%)
Section A: Set text
A series of questions on one set text from a choice of five:
- The Tempest, William Shakespeare
- The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Bertolt Brecht
- Hard to Swallow, Mark Wheeller
- War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford
- DNA, Dennis Kelly.
Section B: Live Theatre Review
One question, from a choice of two, requiring analysis and evaluation of a given aspect of a live theatre production seen during the course.
Key Stage 5 – EDUQAS AS and A2 Drama and Theatre.
The course demands practical, creative and communication skills in almost equal measure. Students extend their ability to create Drama and Theatre, either in a performing or production role. Students are required to write about Drama and to develop their powers of analysis to become an informed critic. The course involves taking part in Drama productions, studying plays and practitioners as well as frequent visits to the theatre.