Drama is a much loved subject and pupils go on their own personal journey, regardless of their starting point.
Key Stage 3
Bay House School is proud to offer drama once a week for pupils in years 7, 8 and 9. Pupils get the chance to:
Create drama and explore their imagination.
Perform drama and reflect on the work critically.
Respond to their own and their peers' drama to make the work better and develop skills from lesson to lesson, as well as many opportunities to attend the professional theatre.
Drama is taught in a designated drama/dance block and pupils will explore particular drama skills and build on them year on year. From exploring thematic work and the world of Ancient Greek theatre, to masks and melodrama, to believable character work and different theatre styles, we prepare pupils for GCSE.
Those who opt not to study GCSE Drama will have gained and developed transferrable skills to use outside the classroom, from confidence, to public speaking and team work skills.
We will give every pupil the chance to succeed and an opportunity to be involved in a wide range of school based and community co-curricular projects and theatre trips.
Visit our Co-Curricular Production Gallery (coming soon)
Key Stage 4
GCSE Drama (AQA Specification)
GCSE Drama is an exciting, creative and challenging course that has been designed to help pupils develop as a performer. Taught in a purpose built drama/dance block the course allows pupils to practically explore drama and theatre in a variety of ways.
Over the two years pupils will be assessed on their ability to prepare and present both scripted and unscripted material and will study a variety of different genres and styles. Their practical assessments are worth 60% of the total marks for the course and ordinarily there is one practical assessment per term. We aim to ensure that pupils will see at least two live productions during the course to enrich their understanding of the theatrical form and to help prepare for the written examination.
There are 2 formal controlled assessments over the course, one of which is assessed by an external examiner.
There is also a terminal 1 hour 30 minute written paper worth 40% of the total marks for the course. This contains three sections:
- Section A Practical work completed during the course.
- Section B Study and performance of a scripted play.
- Section C Study of a live theatre production scene.
Section A is compulsory and candidates must choose one further question from Sections B or C. Both sections are equally weighted mark wise.
Key Stage 5
A Level Drama and Theatre studies is a very successful course for our Sixth Form students. Through engaging lessons and active research students are encouraged to develop a lifelong passion for Theatre.
At AS Level students develop performance and production skills appropriate to the creation and realisation of drama and theatre. At A2, students demonstrate a more advanced level of performance and production skills alongside their ability to think independently, make judgements and refine work in the light of research. They also develop the ability to analyse the ways in which different performance and production elements are brought together to create theatre.
A Level Drama and Theatre Studies is particularly suitable for those wishing to pursue arts-related degree courses. It is relevant for those wishing to pursue a career in the theatre, film or television. It is also useful for any career involving communications or public relations.
For more information on our A Level Drama & Theatre Studies provision please visit the course information area of our Sixth Form website.
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