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GCSE Drama

Drama is an active, enjoyable, creative subject, for people;who like throwing themselves into things but who also have the maturity to think about other people and the way they would react in different circumstances; for people who have the good sense and understanding to be able to watch other people's performances and comment thoughtfully and for people who are outward going and yet who have the wisdom to look closely and critically at themselves.  It is a subject which stretches the most able, intellectually and creatively, making them think on their feet and co-operate with others.

The GCSE Drama course involves performance -both scripted and devised -but that does not mean that everyone has to be assessed on their acting ability, because theatre is also about design -of set and costume - about the making of props and the application of make-up and about technical skills in lighting and sound.  

Everyone will also have the opportunity of visiting theatres and experiencing professional productions.

To succeed in GCSE Drama students need three things:

  • Commitment 
  • Enthusiasm 
  • Willingness to try things you may never have done before. 

In order to achieve students need to work co-operatively in a variety of groups. They develop their analytical writing through practice in lessons and at home. Students develop their ability to express their ideas and experiment ways of communicating to an audience. They must be prepared to spend time outside of lessons rehearsing for both Component 2 and 3.


Component 1: Understanding Drama 

A 1 hour 30 minutes written examination – 40% of the qualification

This component is marked externally

Component 2: Devising Drama 

Coursework – 30% of the qualification

This component is marked by your teacher and moderated externally

Component 3: Texts in Practice 

Coursework – 30% of the qualification

This component is marked by an external examiner.

Further Education and Career Opportunities

GCSE Drama can lead on to professional training or ‘A’ level Theatre Studies, but is equally valuable in many careers involving working with people and thinking creatively to solve problems from journalism to teaching or from nursing and social work to business management.Students can also go onto study Level 3 BTECs at college.

Board: AQA 

Contact: Mrs Ashley