The Drama GCSE will engage students through encouraging creativity, focusing on practical work which reflects twenty-first century theatre practice and developing skills that will support progression to further study of drama and a wide range of other subjects.

Clear and coherent structure

The Drama GCSE has a straightforward structure with three components, one that focuses on devising, one that focuses on performing in or designing for a performance from a text and one that focuses on practical understanding of a performance text.

Practical focus

This new qualification focuses on the practical exploration of performance texts. The performance text that will be studied for the examination will require students to articulate how they would perform in certain roles, and direct and design for certain extracts, putting practical work at the heart of the qualification.

Engaging prescribed texts

There are a list of performance texts that will engage students and will inspire teachers and students.

Overview of Drama GCSE

Component 1: Devising

Coursework: 40% of the qualification

60 marks

Content overview

• Create and develop a devised piece from a stimulus

• Performance of this devised piece or design realisation for this performance.

• Analyse and evaluate the devising process and performance

• Performer or designer routes available.

Component 2: Performance from Text

Coursework: 20% of the qualification

48 marks

Content overview

• Students will either perform in and/or design for two key extracts from a performance text.

• Centre choice of performance text.

• Performer or designer routes available.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes: 40% of the qualification

60 marks

Content overview

• Practical exploration and study of one complete performance text

• Choice of eight performance texts

• Live theatre evaluation– free choice of production.