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Course Overview


Drama fosters pupils’ creativity, personal growth, self-confidence, communication and analytical skills through the acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding and the exercise of the imagination. It promotes pupils’ involvement in and enjoyment of drama as performers, devisers, directors and designers. It provides opportunities for pupils to attend professional and community dramatic performances and to develop their skills as informed and thoughtful audience members.

Through the study of this specification, pupils will be given opportunities to participate in and interpret their own and others' drama. They will investigate the forms, styles, and contexts of drama and will learn to work collaboratively to develop ideas, to express feelings, to experiment with technical elements and to reflect on their own and others’ performances.

By studying GCSE Drama, pupils will learn more about the subject and its contribution to social and cultural commentary and will come to appreciate that drama, whether intended for audiences or not, provides significant opportunities for expressing cultural and personal identity.


UNIT ONE  60% Devised Practical Performance

TASK ONE – 40% Devised Performance

Pupils will devise a practical performance based on a theme, linked with a practitioner or genre.

• Pupils may choose either acting or a theatre design skill;

• If candidates select theatre design in this task, they must select acting in the performance from a text.


TASK TWO – 20% Devised Performance Report

Pupils will complete a written report of the practical work they completed in Task One, under formal supervision.

• The report should include details of live performances candidates have seen, that have influenced their practical work; details on decision making, the inclusion of technical elements and the content of the piece and an evaluation of their own work and that of the group (internally assessed).

UNIT TWO  20% Performance from a Text

Pupils will be assessed on either their acting or a theatre design skill, in a scene from a published play.

• Pupils work in groups of between 2 to 5 members;

• No more than two design candidates per group, each working on a different skill;

• If pupils select theatre design in this unit, they must select acting in the devised practical performance (controlled assessment);

• Externally assessed by a visiting examiner in April/May.


UNIT THREE  20% Written Examination

Candidates will sit a 1 ¼ hour written examination. They will be assessed on their ability to analyse one set text as an actor, designer and director.



Suitable careers

Drama helps you to get any job, as it teaches you confidence, empathy and the eloquence to pass any interview; it prepares you for any career that involves:

  • communicating with other people
  • presenting work to other people
  • working in a group or team
  • management roles
  • jobs in the media
  • jobs the arts

Drama is not just about learning to act: In an age where all info is available on Google, it is people skills, confidence and the ability to communicate and execute creative ideas that sets you apart and makes you employable! It is well respected.

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