Drama & Theatre

GCSE Drama

Year 11 GCSE Drama Unit 1 Devising Theatre Performance on Thursday 19th October 2017 at 4.00 pm in the Drama Studio.  Download the information letter and consent form below.

Y11 Drama U1 Assessment ltr 102017

Y11 Drama U1 Assessment Consent Form 102017

AS and A level Performing Arts

You can find the specification at:

  • www.edexcel.com
  • Click ‘Qualifications’ button
  • Find ‘Applied GCE’ and click
  • Click on ‘Performing Arts’
  • Our qualification at Crickhowell High School is:
  • Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Performing Arts (Single Award) (8781)
  • Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Performing Arts (Single Award) (9781)

What to Expect:

The Assessment Objectives for the subject are:

Assessment Objective
AO1 Knowledge and understanding of the performing arts industry.

You will need to demonstrate that you understand the processes and products of the performing arts industry.

AO2 Acquisition of skills and techniques

You will need to acquire skills and techniques in specialist areas.

AO3 Application of skills and techniques.

You will need to realise what you have learnt and apply your skills and techniques in work-related contexts.

AO4 Analysis and evaluation

You will need to analyse and evaluate your own and others’ working practice, performance and ideas.

Performing Arts Revision Guidance

At Crickhowell High School, we follow the GCSE specification for Performing Arts offered by AQA.

The specification and course support materials are to be found at:

Assessment Objectives – Key Stage 4

AO1 – recall, select, use and communicate their knowledge and understanding of performing arts to generate, explore and develop ideas;

AO2 – apply practical skills to communicate in performance AO3 demonstrate a contextual understanding of the relationship between their own work and those in the performing arts industry

AO4  -use the skills of analysis to evaluate their own work and that of others using appropriate terminology.

There are two components of the GCSE:

1. Portfolio – 60% of the marks;
2. Performance – 40% of the marks

  • You will need to keep a portfolio of your progress, your planning, development and evaluation.
  • You will need to prepare planning sheets, draw diagrams, use ICT to record your progress with photos and write up your research, skills development diaries, and evaluate your own and others’ performances.
  • You will need to work independently, as well as carrying out a weekly homework. Develop your own practical skills working as part of a group.
  • Don’t just describe what you do; always analyse – HOW? WHY? WHAT?

What should I put in my portfolio?

  1. Skill development: Skills audit; CV; diaries; write up lessons outside of school; workshops.
  2. Planning and research: Planning diagrams, mind maps, production meeting minutes, rehearsal schedules, research documents.
  3. Practical activities: All notes and diaries of all of your practical work, including photos and diagrams.
  4. CUWRA: Work that shows that you understand how the performing arts industries run, including making sure you adopt professional working practices and that you are influenced by current performers and artists
  5. Evaluation: Writing up your evaluation of your own performances and those of others, including the members of your group and professionals in live and recorded performances.USE THE EXAMPLES OF EXCELLENT PORTFOLIOS IN MRS. MAGUIRE’S ROOM PORTFOLIO SURGERY AND GUIDANCE – EVERY TUESDAY LUNCHTIME IN E4