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Drama

Why study this subject?

  • Candidates that choose the subject of drama as an option need to have a real passion and enthusiasm for performing in front of an audience and working and collaborating in small groups.

  • Drama is an art form, a practical activity and an intellectual discipline. Through engagement in drama students apply their imaginations and draw upon their personal experiences.

Aims of the course

  • Drama enables students to apply knowledge and understanding when making performing and responding to drama.
  • The course involves a combination of practical and written work. Various exercises and projects will develop your knowledge and skill in Improvisation, Scripted Performance, Theatre in Education and Devised Drama.
  • The course is assessed through 60% controlled assessment internally assessed and 40% externally assessed

What can this course lead to?

  • This drama award is an excellent way into Theatre Arts, Expressive Arts, Performing Arts and Musical Theatre courses - of which the South East area has an abundance of choices.
  • Candidates can look forward to a career in theatre, television, media and teaching. More generally the ability to act and perform shows confidence, excellent communication skills and an ability to work under pressure.

Expectations of subject

  • Drama is a performing art and there is therefore, an expectation that students are committed to developing vocal and physical skills with a view to performing.
  • Students taking this course should have the ability to perform using a good range of these skills
  • There are three units of work:   
  1.  Performing (30%) - You will learn the skills and techniques needed to produce a successful performance of an existing work
  2. Creating (30%) - You will learn how to create and refine your own original work 
  3. Performing Arts in Practice (40%) - You will learn about areas of the performing arts industry that need to be  considered when responding to a commission, and will consider these when developing original work
  • Students will be required to learn lines and be completely ‘off script’ for the Performing Unit 1
  • Good attendance is compulsory for the study of Drama as the course relies heavily on group work and rehearsals outside of normal lesson times.

Support and provisions

  • Revision guides and past papers.
  • Live production visits.
  • drama@zigzagededucation.co.uk

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