GCSE Drama

The course encourages students to work imaginatively and creatively in a collaborative context creating, developing and communicating ideas. The specification challenges the students to explore and develop devised and scripted performance material, in an extremely engaging and exciting way.

There is a free choice of stimulus material and play scripts for all units, giving flexibility to choose the most appropriate texts and themes for students. It is a challenging and demanding discipline both intellectually and artistically.

Key subject aims

The GCSE in Drama encourages students to:

  • Develop a personal interest in why Drama matters and be inspired, moved and changed by studying a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study.
  • Work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas.
  • Consider and explore the impact of social, historical and cultural influences on Drama texts and activities.
  • Reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others.
  • Develop and demonstrate competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills.
  • Develop a basis for their future role as active citizens in employment and society in general, as well as for the possible further study of Drama.
  • Actively engage in the process of dramatic study in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.

GCSE Course Outline

Component 1: Devising 40% (Internally assessed)

Pupils explore themes, topics or issues through practical Drama work. Pupils document and evaluate how the work has been explored in a 2,000 word controlled assessment.


Component 2: Performance from Text 20% (Externally assessed by Visiting Examiner)

Pupils study and interpret two key extracts from a performance text of our choice.


Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice 40% (Written Examination)

Pupils study one complete performance text for examination.

Pupils also attend one live theatre trips and evaluate the performance in examination conditions..

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