Drama GCSE

In September 2016 we will be introducing the new Drama GCSE. This course is divided into three components.

In Component One, students devise their own drama and create a written portfolio and a performance. Students can take on the role of performer or designer (lighting, sound, set or costume) in this component. It is internally assessed and worth 30% of the qualification.

In Component Two students explore a text and perform two scenes to a visiting examiner. Students can take on the role of performer or designer. It is worth 30% of the qualification.

Component Three is a written exam which is worth 40% of the qualification. This exam is 1.5 hours and divided into two sections. DramaSection A is a series of short answer questions relating to the practical study of a text. Section B is an extended response analysing and evaluating a live drama performance that they will see prior to the exam.

GCSE Drama students should enjoy

  • working collaboratively with others
  • the process of creating drama
  • reading plays
  • going to the theatre
  • exploring topical issues
  • performing

Drama is an exciting but demanding and challenging GCSE.

Yrs 10 & 11

The GCSE course is delivered over two years:

  • Unit 1 – Drama Exploration – 30%
  • Unit 2 – Exploring play texts – 30%
  • Unit 3 – Drama Performance – 40%


  • Years 10 & 11 – 2 x double lessons / week

New GCSE: We are currently reviewing the specifications from the different exam boards for the new GCSE courses. We will choose the course based on what will best suit our pupils and update the website as soon as the information is finalised. The first teaching of the new specification will be September 2016.

GCSE Productions

  • Colder Than Here
  • Eclipse
  • The Heights
  • Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me
  • Grandfathers
  • Shooting Truth
  • Tuesday