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Which GCSE Drama spec?

Discussion in 'Drama and performing arts' started by plantm, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. Hi,
    I've been delivering Edexcel Drama GCSE for a number of years now and am so fed up with their inconsistencies in marking the practical exam and the new controlled conditions in Unit 1 and 2 is killing the subject.
    I'm going to change board - both AQA and OCR look good- can anyone recommend one or the other? And, do you think I'd have enough time to do starting now, with my current Y10?
  2. resources4drama

    resources4drama New commenter

    Don't forget WJEC.
  3. Me too - I used to enjoy Edexcel, but this year has been dreadful. It's the lack of support over the controlled assessments and doubling the amount of paperwork. I teach Drama and English and the paperwrok and form filling is killing.

    My school has a large percentage of SEN (35%) so I need a board that caters for the F/G predictions as I get many more of them than the A-Cs- a board that is accessible for them. Advice please.
  4. resources4drama

    resources4drama New commenter

    Consider running BTEC exams for different abilities.(Cert / Diploma).
  5. My school must have points!!

    How does BTEC compare? Also, amd I might be being a bit thick here, but I understood that Dance is a part of BTEC and for me that is a def no.
  6. resources4drama

    resources4drama New commenter

    I'm doing this from memory, but I think it's correct:
    BTEC has different pathways which end up with the same qualification. So you can get a BTEC in Perf Arts (Dance), BTEC PA (Acting), BTEC PA (Music) or BTEC PA (Performance).
    The first three let you specialise in your subject area for the required 6 Units of Study. The fourth is more industry based and you can mix and match the units - 2 compulsory Business Units, then 4 subject-based, which could be 2 Dance/ 2 Drama or 4 Drama or 1 Music/ 3 Dance etc.
    So - no, you don't have to do Dance.
    (Answers above relate to Diploma; Cert is roughly half the requirement in half the time. Don't make mistake of thinking Cert is easier, it's just less).
    www.resources4drama.co.uk (where there are BTEC Units available)
  7. resources4drama

    resources4drama New commenter

    In case it looks as though posts 4 and 6 contradict themselves concerning easiness -
    Children who are less committed / able would be better suited to certificate as there are less units to complete and they can spend more time (their own time) trying to hit criteria.
    That said, I have run Diploma courses with students who would have gained grades in range A - F at GCSE. The GCSE potential Fs gained distinction at BTEC.
    There's a lot to get your head round and it's a different way of teaching and assessing (and form filling) and you need co-operative colleagues to counter-sign your marking - but there's help available.
  8. Thanks for that - I will investigate. It sounds a possiblility. Edexcel seem to have ruined what was a reasonable course with mountains of paperwork - and - not a lot of support considering this is the first examination year of the new spec.
  9. Hi,I'm looking at moving from BTEC to GCSE and have been looking at ocr, as they don't have a written exam, do you find it hard to do 3 controlled assessments? Are they fair? I found it quite confusing in the spec with the deviser, director, performer and designer roles that they have to fulfil, any help will be appreciated!
  10. Hi

    Years later and I'm making same decision ! Fed up with years of this from Edexcel. What did you go with in the end ? Tempted by both.


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