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Drama & Performing Arts

Drama at DGS


Welcome to the Drama Department

At Didcot Girls' School we pride ourselves on delivering energetic, and  educational Drama lessons where all students of various abilities can excel and make excellent progress in this subject.

In Key stage 3 we offer a comprehensive study of Drama from various cultures styles and genres: ranging from Shakespeare to Commedia, Puppetry, Melodrama, Slapstick Clowning and scripted plays.

Students in year 7 and 8 receive 1 hour a week of Drama and they can also attend a Drama club on a Thursday after school as well as getting involved in the fabulous Upper and Lower School shows.Drama2

In Year 9 the girls start their 3 year GCSE Drama courses which they complete in Year 11.The students receive 2 hours a week of Drama.

There are two Drama routes at GCSE.

AQA Drama which is weighted towards the practical exam.
Unit 1 is the practical component worth 60%
Unit 2 is the written exam paper worth 40% which they sit in June in Year 11.
All lessons are practical and style and form varies from term to term.

Students can study:

Dance Drama
Improvised Drama
Physical Theatre
Theatre of Cruelty
Stanislavski and Naturalism
Boal and Theatre of Oppression

This GCSE is practical based with no exam at the end but it’s assessed through course work.
The Performing arts GCSE offers students the chance to look at not only Drama but all jobs in the Performing Arts Sector including:

Make up
Stage management

Drama3Both these GCSE exams offer the students a chance to get involved in drama and dance work- shops as well as theatre trips which compound their learning further.

Work that is learnt at KS4 lays the foundation for A Level Performing Arts.

EDEXCEL Performing Arts is offered at both AS and A2.
The A Level students follow a vocational pathway through the course which promotes a significant level of independent work. The students study 6 units of work over the two year course which encapsulates all elements of the performing arts industry and prepares them for work in that industry or drama collage pathways.

The A Level is weighted towards the written element and students must be aware that 4 units of study involve students keeping detailed portfolios.

• Unit 1 Individual skills developmentDrama4
• Unit 2 planning a creative event
• Unit 3 Performing to a commission

• Unit 4 Work experience
• Unit 5 Advanced skills development
• Unit 6 Technical skills development OR
• Unit 7 Performing to a commission.