Drama GCSE - Technical Route - Year 10 and 11
Drama GCSE Technical Route - Eduqas - specification code 601/8420/6
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This is a two year course for students interested in the technical side of theatre. The GCSE focuses on the ‘back stage’ skills needed to be a successful technician in the theatre. Over the course students will work in the main areas of production including prop making, scenic design, costume and make up, mask making and light and sound engineering as well as construction and set building. The course is highly artistic in nature and will suit students who are creative and like to work on coursework portfolios. Working to deadlines, organising and presenting work is a vital skill needed in this course.
In Year 10, students will start their journey straight away with production skills for performance which is a unit designed to develop skills in a number of different roles from prop making to hair and make up design. Students will record their progress in a portfolio and will set targets for improvement.
This work will culminate in an evaluation where students will review their work.
Student will also start to study the set text—’Hard To Swallow’ and practice written responses for a Live Review.
The year starts with Unit 1 Devised Theatre. The students will create a series of production items in support of a devised play that is being performed by Year 11 drama students.
Skills will include mask making, puppet creation, back drop design, sourcing and modifying costumes and providing full backstage support for the show. Students will create a portfolio of evidence to be marked.
Unit 2—the students will create designs to be used in the year 11 scripted performance to an external examiner.
Unit 3 - Students will sit a written exam that asks them to respond to questions on ‘Hard To Swallow’ and a Live Theatre Review.