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Prince William School

KS4 Curriculum

At GCSE, students study the EDUQAS/ WJEC Specification. This GCSE specification in Drama is designed to give pupils a broad and balanced experience of drama. Although each of the units has its own assessment focus, it is vital that the content of the specification is taught in a holistic method, so that the skills are not learned in isolation but are integrated, to ensure that candidates learn how to apply knowledge and understanding across a range of dramatic activities. This GCSE specification requires candidates to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Different genres and performance styles
  • The ways in which meaning is communicated through drama
  • A range of staging and performance conventions
  • Drama terminology and how to use it appropriately
  • How plays are constructed and realised through the study of at least one substantial published play
  • How to create, interpret and communicate a role or character
  • Drama within its social, cultural and historical context

The students will study a range of Theatre Practitioners and Genres and will have the opportunity to showcase their exam work as public performances.

Component 1: Devising Theatre

Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated

40% of qualification

Learners will be assessed on either acting or design.

Learners participate in the creation, development and performance of a

piece of devised theatre using either the techniques of an influential

theatre practitioner or a genre, in response to a stimulus set by WJEC.

Learners must produce:

  • a realisation of their piece of devised theatre
  • a portfolio of supporting evidence
  • an evaluation of the final performance or design

Component 2: Performing from a Text

Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner

20% of qualification

Learners will be assessed on either acting or design.

Learners study two extracts from the same performance text chosen by the centre.

Learners participate in one performance using sections of text from both extracts.

Component 3: Interpreting Theatre

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

40% of qualification

Section A: Set Text

A series of questions on one set text from a choice of five:

1. The Tempest by William Shakespeare

2. The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht

3. Hard to Swallow by Mark Wheeller

4. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford

5. DNA by 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.

This linear qualification will be available for assessment in May/June each year