Overview of KS4 Drama
In drama at KS4 we offer 2 courses:
- Eduqas GCSE
- RSL (RockSchool) – Level 2.
Each course is different which is why we have chosen them, there is more diversity for our students. This means that we can choose the right qualification for the students so they can get the most successful grade possible.
- Students are more into the acting side of Drama will be entered into the RSL qualification.
- Students who are both performers and academic will be entered for GCSE.
- Our high flyer students will be considered for both – obtaining two qualifications in Drama.
Eduqas GCSE Drama.
This course is split into three different components:
Component One – Devised Theatre.
Students will be introduced to several styles and practitioners of Drama. They will then use these to explore stories devised from a choice of stimuli provided by the exam board: a song, a painting, a quote etc.
Students will then have to create a performance piece from scratch in their chosen style relating to their chosen stimulus. This will be performed for assessment in front of classroom teachers and visiting moderators from across the MAT.
As part of this, they will be required to provide a portfolio of evidence that shows their process and complete an evaluation of their performance piece in essay format. Students complete this Unit by the end of Y10.
Component Two – Scripted Theatre. 20%
The simplest unit, students will be put into groups, given a script to learn and perform. No written work required.
This is assessed by a visiting examiner who grades them on their one and only performance. Students and staff find out their grades in August.
This exam is usually complete in January of Year 11.
Component Three – Written Exam 40%
This exam is 1 hour and 30 minutes taking place in May of Y11 and is split into two sections.
Section A is a mix of short and essay style questions about a play script provided by the exam board. Students have to explore the text from an actor, director and designer point of view. They need to be able to discuss how an actor would perform a section of the play as well as show knowledge and understanding of the technical elements of productions: Set, Lighting, Sound, Costumes, Props etc.
Section B is a review of a live theatre performance they have seen. Again, they will choose between two questions: one on acting, one on technical elements.
RSL Level 2 Certificate in Creative and Performing Arts – Acting
RSL is a less demanding option to GCSE with only two units. This course is designed to prepare students for acting and possible careers in performing arts.
Exam 1 – Is a compulsory unit that the exam board provides us with. The students will have several weeks to create a performance that will be performed to an external moderator.
Exam 2 – Is an optional unit. The teachers can decide out of a number of units which Units the students can participate in from acting for the camera, to using voice. At Rawmarsh, we put students through upto 3 optional units so students are provided with every opportunity to achieve the highest grades possible. We aim to complete:
- Unit 219 – Voice: Students have to perform a piece showing 2 or more contrasts in voice.
- Unit 207 – Workshop : Students plan and deliver a Drama Skills workshop to Primary Students.
- Unit 214 – Reading for Performance: Students have to read to an audience a piece of script in an engaging way.
Coursework that supports each unit can be written but can also be completed through videos or voice recordings for those who find literacy challenging.
We recommend that all students participating in Drama at KS4 should be involved in extra-curricular work such as the Performing Arts Showcase in January and the school musical each year.
We also suggest that students be prepared to commit to extra rehearsals and work outside of lessons to achieve the highest grades possible.