GCSE Drama


Drama supports and encourages personal expression and the exploration of a wide range of cultures, experiences, perspectives, and the world in which we live. Drama allows pupils to develop transferable skills in leadership, communication, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving.


This GCSE course gives students the opportunity to delve further into drama, exploring deeper issues and situations, as well as looking closer at characterisation and motivation. Students will study plays and playwrights, as well as going to see live theatre.


GCSE Drama involves performance – both devised and text. Students can opt to be examined on technical theatre instead of performance (set and props / lighting / sound / costume and makeup).


Students will be expected to attend at least one theatre visit, which they will write about in their final exam.


The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Drama is an exciting, inspiring and practical course. The specification promotes involvement in and enjoyment of drama, as performers and/or designers. Additionally it provides opportunities to attend live theatre performances and to develop skills as informed and thoughtful audience members.

How is the course assessed?

Component 1 – Devising Theatre (40%) Students will be assessed on either acting or design. Students participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of devised theatre using either the techniques of an influential theatre practitioner or a genre, in response to a stimulus set by Eduqas in July of Year 10 or September of Year 11.


Component 2 - Performing from a Text (20%) - Drama Performance from a Text – an externally assessed performance based exam in February of Year 11. This is an extract of text, performed in a group of 2 – 5. OR performance support (lighting / sound / set and props /costume and makeup).


Component 3 – Interpreting Theatre (40%) – A 1 ½ hour written exam in May of Year 11. Section A: Questions on a set text: ‘Find me’ by Olwen Wymark, from the point of view of an actor, director or designer. Section B: Questions on a live theatre performance seen during the course.


Recommended Book: Find Me by Olwen Wymark: ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0573111367

Homework and learning outside of the classrooom

Component 1 Coursework (set in 4 stages)
Component 1 Devising research and rehearsals.
Component 2 Line learning and rehearsals.
Component 3 Practice Essays


It is a course requirement that all students attend one live theatre visit during the course.  This will be part of the Component 3 written exam.


Year 10-13 Independent Production (Year 1)

Year 9-13 Musical Production (Year 2)

New View Play Writing Competition

Arts Award Gold

Theatre Visits and workshops as appropriate.

KS3 Drama

KS5 Drama

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