GCSE

GCSE

GCSE

In 2016, the Edexcel exam board is releasing a new and improved specification for Drama. They have ensured their amendments create a course which has: a clear and coherent structure, practical focus, contains engaging prescribed texts to explore, a free choice of performance texts, the fair assessment of students' performance and design skills, clear and straightforward question papers, in addition to allowing students to attain the transferable skills for progression at AS and A-Level. Please see their website for more details:

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/drama-2016.html 

Punch and Judy


  • This unit requires students to engage in a programme of work that will help them appreciate how a variety of drama activities can be used to deepen their understanding of drama form. Students will learn that it is through practical engagement that understanding might be enriched.
  • The unit requires students to explore a theme, topic or issue through the application of learning from the Programme of Study. Stimuli, chosen by the teacher, will allow students to deepen their understanding of the central aspects of the chosen theme, topic or issue and come to appreciate how the dramatic medium and strategies can be used to create drama form and communicate meaning.
  • The process of teaching this unit will be based on the Programme of Study and include sharing work with others and responding to constructive feedback. This will offer students the opportunity to:
  • Engage in a range of drama activities
  • Explore a range of stimuli chosen across different times and cultures
  • Make connections and comparisons between different stimuli
  • Students will have the opportunity to make connections between different stimuli which support the theme, topic or issue and explore the creative potential of the material. The work produced for this unit is intended to have meaning for the participants and is not intended for performance to a theatre audience.
  • Students will participate in a teacher led and teacher supervised six hour practical exploration of drama. The six hours may be conducted in one session or divided into suitable sessions that make up the six hour total.
  • During the practical exploration students should be given the opportunity to work in a variety of different sized groups. The practical exploration will be based on the activities that students have experienced during the Programme of Study and will include:
  • At least two different types of stimuli
  • At least four explorative strategies
  • At least two examples of the drama medium
  • The provision of opportunities to select and use appropriately the elements of drama identified in the Programme of Study

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