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GCSE Drama

Head of Department: Miss J Warburton

Examining Board: CIE IGCSE

Subject code: 0411

Assessment, aims and objectives

Cambridge IGCSE Drama is accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of both the theory and practical application of drama. Through practical and theoretical study, the Cambridge IGCSE Drama syllabus encourages students to understand and enjoy drama by:

  • developing their performance skills, both individually and in groups
  • understanding the role of actor, director and designer in creating a piece of theatre
  • considering ways in which ideas and feelings can be communicated to an audience
  • discovering the performance possibilities of plays and other dramatic stimuli
  • devising dramatic material of their own.
  • foster understanding of the process and enable students to evaluate and analyse.
  • encourage enjoyment of drama

AO1: Understanding repertoire Candidates will be assessed on their ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the possibilities of repertoire, and how to interpret and realise it in a live performance (37%).

AO2: Devising Candidates will be assessed on their ability to devise dramatic material and reflect on its effectiveness (33%).

AO3: Acting skills  Candidates will be assessed on their acting skills and their ability to communicate effectively to an audience (30%).

 

Component 1: Written examination

(2 hours 30 minutes. Externally assessed) 40%.

The questions on this paper relate to pre-release material which is sent to Centres in advance of the examination. This material consists of three stimuli and an extended extract from a play. Students devise a piece of drama based on one of the three stimuli and study the extract from the play.

The question paper is structured as follows:

Section A (30 marks) Candidates answer 6–8 short- answer questions on the extract from the play (20 marks) and 2–4 questions on the drama devised from their chosen stimulus (10 marks).

Section B (25 marks) Candidates answer one longer- answer question on the extract from the play.

Section C (25 marks) Candidates answer one longer- answer question on the devised piece.

 

Component 2: Coursework

(Internally assessed and externally moderated) 60%. Students submit three pieces of practical work.

One individual piece (3–5 minutes): one performance of an extract from a play.

Two group pieces (maximum 15 minutes each): one performance of an extract from a play and one original devised piece.

The stimuli on the pre-release material for Component 1 will not be used as a basis for the devised piece on Component 2.

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