Key Stage 4

GCSE Drama combines both written and practical elements, demanding skills in teamwork, analysis, evaluation, and creativity.

Students will learn through practical exploration and rigorous practising of essay.

Exam board: Eduqas





Component 1

Devising theatre.

Creating a 5–20-minute Performance, 900-word logbook, and 90-minute written evaluation.

Section A

Macbeth. 4 questions on a given extract by the exam board. 1 question on character motivation focusing on the wider context of the play.

Component 2

Perform a 5-20 minute extract from a published play.

Section B

Live theatre analysis of a play watched in a theatre during the course.

Component 1 – Devising Theatre 60 Marks (40%)

Component 2 – Performing from a Text 60 Marks (20%)

Component 3 – Interpreting Theatre 60 Marks (40%)

GCSE Drama is assessed through four assessment objectives:

  • AO1: Create and develop ideas to communicate meaning for theatrical performance (20%).
  • AO2: Apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance (30%).
  • AO3: Demonstrate knowledge and understand of how drama and theatre is developed and performed (30%).
  • AO4: Analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others (20%).

Homework will be throughout the course and can take the form of practical logs, learning lines, rehearsals in person, research, and practice questions.
Lessons include knowledge retrieval questions to assess prior learning. Students will perform throughout both 10 and 11 for both practical components. Students will complete regular written exam-style questions during the academic year where they will be given teacher feedback on how to improve. Year 10 students will sit a mid-year mock in January and end of year mock exams in the summer term.  Year 11 students will sit a mock exams in March for component 3, with the November mock being used for component 1 coursework.

For further information/clarification about this course please contact Mrs B Byrne