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In an increasingly competitive world, speech and communication skills are becoming more

important. Through studying Drama students gain a greater sense of self-confidence and a

greater capacity to express their opinions and beliefs to others. Whether students wish to become

professional actors or simply wish to develop their speech and communication skills, the GCSE

course in Drama will be both stimulating and of great value in the world beyond education.

This course will appeal to those who are interested in both performing and the technical side of

theatre. It promotes students’ involvement in and enjoyment of drama as performers, devisers,

directors and designers and provides opportunities for students to watch live theatre.


One Theatre trip in Year 10 followed by another in Year 11.


Further Education:

A level Drama & Theatre Studies, Drama School, Performing Arts BTEC


: Drama, Drama and Theatre, Drama and Film, Drama and Performance, Physical



Actor, Designer, Director, Teacher, Arts administrator, Drama teacher, Dramatherapist,

Television production assistant, Radio presenter, plus other Media and Public Sector careers


Component 1

Component 2

Component 3

Devised Practical

Performance (40%)

Students devise a

practical performance

based on a theme and

linked with a

practitioner or genre.

Groups between 2 & 5

Acting or design skill

Internally assessed

and externally


Portfolio of supporting

notes: creation and

development of ideas

during the rehearsal

process. (750-900


Written evaluation of

their final performance

in controlled


Performance from a Text


Students will perform

an extract from a

published play.

Assessed by a visiting


Groups between 2 & 5

Acting or design skill

Written Examination

(40%) 1 hour 30 minutes

Students will be

assessed on their

ability to analyse one

set text as an actor,

designer and director.

They will also need to

write an evaluation of

a live production.