You will learn how drama is created, including all the acting and staging skills that are needed to put a piece of drama on to the stage. You will learn how to create a character and play this character in a performance. The course develops not only your subject knowledge but life skills, encouraging you to work confidently with others, be an independent and responsible learner, be a reflective and creative thinker and innovative in your approach to problem solving.
How will I be assessed?
on your ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the possibilities or repertoire, and how to interpret and realise it in a live performance.
on your ability to devise dramatic material and reflect on its effectiveness.
on your acting skills and your ability to communicate effectively to an audience.
Component 1: Written examination (40%) 2 hours 30 minutes 80 marks You will answer: • all questions in Section A • two questions in Section B (one compulsory question and one question from a choice of two) • both questions in Section C. Externally assessed
Component 2: Coursework (60%) 120 marks You will submit three pieces of practical work: • individual performance based on an extract from a play monologue - 3 minutes (maximum)
• group performance based on an extract from a play* • group performance based on an original devised piece* Two group pieces - 20 minutes (maximum) Internally assessed and externally moderated
Is this course for me? Do you enjoy:
Expressing yourself in an active and exciting way?
Working in a group?
Contributing your own ideas and respecting those of others?
Exploring ideas by putting yourself in other people’s shoes?
Playing many parts in different imaginary situations?
Creating your own drama work?
Looking at plays written by other people?
What do I need to know, or be able to do, before taking this course? You will probably have had experience of drama in drama lessons during Years 7, 8 and 9. You may also be a member of a drama club. Any of these experiences can help if you choose drama as an IGCSE subject. You will develop your improvisation and acting skills to a higher level. You will also look at plays in more detail and at different ways of bringing a script to life on stage.
Post 16 Pathways After you have completed IGCSE drama you can go on to study IB Theatre or take a BTEC pathway in Performing Arts.
Cambridge programmes and qualifications develop not only subject knowledge but also skills. They allow learners to be: · confident in working with information and ideas – their own and those of others · responsible for themselves, responsive to and respectful of others · reflective as learners, developing their ability to learn · innovative and equipped for new and future challenges · engaged intellectually and socially, ready to make a difference. These skills are recognised and fully transferable in ANY chosen educational pathway and ultimately profession. For Further Information: Please see Ms Kerry Rochester, Head of Drama and Dance