Key Stage 4 Drama

What will I learn about?
This Wjec specification fosters candidates’ creativity, personal growth, self confidence, communication and analytical skills through the acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding and the exercise of the imagination. It promotes pupils’ involvement in and enjoyment of drama as performers, readers, devisers, and directors. It provides opportunities for students to develop a passion into a significant academic and practical discipline, attend professional and community dramatic performances and to evaluate as thoughtful audience members. Through the study of this specification, pupils will be given opportunities to participate in and interpret their own and others’ drama. They will investigate the forms, styles, and contexts of drama and will learn to work collaboratively to interpret and develop ideas, to express feelings, to experiment with technical elements and to reflect on their own and others’ performances. They will learn about practitioners and professional contemporary companies. By studying GCSE Drama, pupils will learn more about the subject and its contribution to social and cultural commentary and will come to appreciate that drama, whether intended for audiences or not, provides significant opportunities for expressing cultural and personal identity.

How will my work be assessed?
There are three assessed units and students must see live performances in order to enhance, enjoy and consolidate their learning to become inspired dramatists.

Unit 1:   Candidates will devise and perform a practical ensemble performance based on theme, linked to a practitioner or genre. They will write a 1500 word devised written report on this developmental process linked to live theatre influences, technical elements and how they achieved the aim.

Unit 2:   In small groups students must study, learn, rehearse, dress, stage and perform short extracts of between 5 and 15 minutes to a moderator and audience.

Unit 3:  Thorough practical work on Face (the play by Benjamin Zephaniah) students answer 5 questions in exam conditions on the dramatic considerations of an actor or director, and write a long essay evaluation of their Unit 2 performance.

What future opportunities can this lead to?
The best universities and employers welcome students with good Drama results as part of their progress 8. This evidences creativity, stamina, literacy, independence, critical thinking, pride in work, confidence, communication skills and an interest in other people and the social, political, cultural and historical world we live in. You could also pursue this artistic discipline at KS5 and beyond. Students are also encouraged to get involved in extra curricular opportunities and develop leadership skills.

What jobs can this qualification lead to?
A qualification in Drama is useful in any job as it demonstrates qualities such as those listed above together with team work, organisational skills and the ability to work under pressure . Previous students have progressed to work and to study degrees in a wide range of areas including various performance courses, Law, Medicine, Film Studies, Social Work, Languages, Education, Marketing, Management and Humanities.

Who can I speak to for more information?
For further information about the course or progression please speak to Ms Rasheed teacher of Drama or Mr Edwards Curriculum Area Leader Visual and Performing Arts.


Key Stage 4 Media Studies

Why should I study GCSE Media Studies?
This is a very exciting course of study that students really enjoy. The course offers a combination of exploring and analysing current and historical media texts, as well as producing a range of creative media products. You will have the opportunity to work with some cutting edge Apple Mac video editing systems and a fantastic new green-screen is available for CGI work. You will learn to challenge, critically analyse and explore many forms of media such as: film, video games, music, magazines, advertising and marketing, online media and radio.

What will I learn about?
Through this area of study, learners will gain an understanding of the foundations of the media, enabling them to question and explore aspects of the media that may seem familiar and straightforward from their existing experience in a critical way. This course will encourage students to challenge and reflect on the language and representations used in the media and to consider how this influences audiences and shapes society. The practical element of the course will allow you to create your own media product from a range of exciting media forms and will allow you to gain a real understanding of life in the media industry.

How will my work be assessed?
Media is a central element of modern life. This exciting, rewarding course will allow you to develop a critical understanding of media through the study of media texts. The course is structured to allow 30% coursework and 70% examination contributing to the final grade. The specifications will encourage the recognition of the complexities of the relationship between you as a consumer/receiver of products of media organisations in a globalised and interconnected world. Computer games, advertisements, films and television are some examples of industries studied.

Who can I speak to for more information?
For more information about Media Studies please Miss Stokes or Mr Wood.


Key Stage 4 Music

Why should I study GCSE Music?
The music syllabus is designed to provide lots of opportunities in the field of music for students of varying abilities. Studying music GCSE assists in creating the whole musician. It enables you to take an active part in solo and ensemble performance and to learn a variety of composing techniques, using Music technology to support you. You will learn about different genres of Music through written tasks, composition tasks and performing your own music, which all lead to developing your enjoyment and understanding of the subject.

What will I learn about?
The syllabus is suited to those students who have a genuine interest in music and have some practical musical ability. The ability to read music would be an advantage but is not a necessity. The course will cater for both the serious musician who intends to study music in further education and those who enjoy listening and playing music and who would benefit from understanding and studying music further.  You will learn to compose using music technology and your instrument, alongside performing as a member of an ensemble.  You will study a variety of Music from different genres and cultures, widening your knowledge and deepening your understanding of the subject.

How will my work be assessed?

Coursework (60%)

Composition; a portfolio of compositions which are written over the duration of the course and assessed by the school (30%).

Performance; Solo work on a chosen instrument or voice (any instrument including electronic keyboards, rock guitar and drums for example, are all acceptable). Performance as part of a group or ensemble during the final year of the course (30%).

Examination (40%) Listening Paper; a paper of 1 hour 15 minutes responding to recorded examples, which will test your knowledge of music from four areas of study which include 2 set works.

Who can I speak to for more information?  For more information about Music please speak to Mr Edwards, Curriculum Area Leader for Visual & Performing Art or Mr Read, Second in Department for Visual & Performing Arts.


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