GCSE Drama is a fun, exciting and engaging subject which offers the students to explore their creative potential, using their imagination as well as their intellect. The course is built around developing team work, sharing ideas and effective communication as well as allowing students work independently. The course helps to develop essential life skills such as problem solving, working under pressure and using empathy to understand situations and relationships presented within drama texts.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Drama offers students the opportunity to explore drama as a practical art form in which ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through choices of form, style and convention. Students will create, perform and respond to drama informed by their theoretical knowledge of drama and theatre.

The subject content is divided into three components:

Understanding Drama:

– Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre

– Study of a set play

– Analysis of the work of live theatre makers

Devising Drama:

– Process of creating devised drama

– Performance of devised drama

– Analysis and evaluation of own work

Texts in Practice:

– Performance of two extracts from one play


External Exam:

Component 1 – Understanding Drama – 1 hour 45 minutes


Component 2 – Devising Drama

Performance (externally moderated)

Component 3 – Texts in Practice

Examination Boards


Careers Links

Skills developed in Drama that support career pathways:

*Communication – the heart of all relationships and business

*Clear, persuasive and interesting expression

*Generating creative ideas and arguments

*Gathering, investigating and assessing information

*Teamwork and relationships

*Creative thinking and performance

Potential career pathways opened up through studying English:

* Acting

* Stage design

* Scriptwriting

* Authorship & journalism

* Teaching

* Media: Film and TV

Subject Staff

Mrs R. Bush

Mrs S. Price