In the Drama GCSE course, pupils study the world of theatre and performance, develop their imaginative creativity, and draw on their own experiences as well as researching and understanding other cultures and backgrounds. Our aim is to create empathetic, perceptive pupils who are keen to collaborate and support one another. Our pupils are encouraged to work in a wide range of performance styles and we combine rigorous intellectual challenge with fun and engaging practical Drama. Our lessons range from physical theatre, through classical script work, to learning to design and operate technical theatre.

Course content
Pupils investigate a wide variety of theatrical styles, performance and design skills.We do this through; analysis and evaluation of live theatre performances, study and realisation of scripts and the creation of students’ own scripts and performances.

Component 1:
(60 marks, 40% of the GCSE.)
Pupils participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of devised theatre in response to a stimulus. Pupils must produce:
a practical devised performance, worth 15 marks.
a written or recorded portfolio worth 45 marks.

Component 2:
Performance from text

(48 marks, 20% of the GCSE.)
In groups, and with the direction of the Drama staff, pupils rehearse and two extracts from a published play.

This is then performed to a live audience of their peers, staff, and a visiting examiner from Edexcel.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice
(60 marks, 40% of the GCSE.)
This is a written exam, lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes and is divided into two parts:
questions on a set play text, worth 45 marks.
questions about a live theatre performance, worth 15 marks.


Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • participate in productions both on and offstage.
  • participate in a number of trips to see professional theatre productions.
  • attend senior and peer exam performances to gain knowledge and experience.
  • direct lower school performances and help with KS3 clubs and productions.
  • attend Technical Theatre Club to gain practical and design skills.

Next steps
Drama GCSE is an exciting and inspiring course that will comprehensively prepare pupils for Drama and Theatre A Level, as well as A Levels in English, Psychology, Sociology and History. The theoretical side of the course encourages pupils to analyse and evaluate effectively, as well as writing clearly and concisely. Drama develops vital creative, leadership and teamwork skills, which are highly beneficial in a multitude of workplaces, and which are greatly valued by universities.

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