It is often remarked upon that examining the arts can only be subjective. I thought I would explore that by looking at the assessment criteria for Edexcel GCSE Drama.
The GCSE is split into three units. Units one and two involve ‘practical exploration’ lessons and written coursework, unit three is a performance that is marked entirely in most cases by one visiting examiner. Units one and two are marked by the teacher and overseen by the exam board who moderate the teachers marking by looking at her schemes of work, her justifications for the marks she has awarded, a couple of videos of some of the work covered and a sample of the pieces of ‘documentary evidence’. Unit three counts as 40% and is ‘the exam’ and unit one and two add up to 60%.
The teacher decides on what themes and texts to study and also what is covered in the…
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