Course Content

GCSE Drama is all about understanding what it is like to put yourself in somebody else’s shoes. You will play many parts in different imaginary situations. You will have the opportunity to create your own work as well as look at plays written by other people. You will also have the opportunity to learn about how to become a Director and create your own concepts.

The specific skills taught across Drama enable our students to create interesting and vibrant pieces of work and/or performances. They are also encouraged to develop skills of cooperation, confidence, independent learning and valuable life and leadership skills

Topics include:

Some of the topics on the course give you the op- portunity to take performances on tour to local pri- mary schools, take part in school productions, de- velop performance skills (e.g. lighting, sound, mask, costume and set), work with a range of scripts such as Blue Stockings, An Inspector Calls, Women in Black and Missing Dan Nolan as well as study differ- ent practitioners such as Brecht, Stanislavski, Frantic Assembly and Artaud. This course is exciting, re- warding and challenging.

The course is in three parts:

  • Component 1 (40% of the qualification): Devising: Through this unit you will create, de- velop, perform and analyse a devised piece of theatre from a stimulus.
  • Component 2 (20% of the qualification): Performance from Text: Through this unit you will either perform in and/or design for two key extracts from a performance text.
  • Component 3 (40% of the qualification): Theatre Makers in Practice: Through this unit you will complete a written examination that will look at the study of one complete text and a live thea- tre evaluation.

How is this course assessed?

  • Component 1: Devising – This unit is assessed through a performance and coursework, which is internally assessed and externally moderated.
  • Component 2: Performance from Text – This unit is assessed externally through the practical performances of two extracts.
  • Component 3: Theatre Makers In Practice – This Unit is a written examination and is externally assessed


Contact information

South Campus, Mr Perris


North Campus, Mrs Griffin