What is the course about?


If you enjoy a practical approach to your studies and have a flair for performance this is the course for you.


Through studying GCSE Drama you will explore a variety of texts, devise your own drama performances and work collaboratively in groups. You will take part in a number of performances and develop your ability to work independently in a creative and confident way.


The Performing Arts Block includes a drama studio and theatre, providing an exciting professional standard learning environment for all GCSE Drama students.


Through GCSE Drama you will develop key interpersonal skills, including working with others, confidence, presenting to an audience, speaking and listening, independent learning, communication and problem solving. These skills are highly sought after by sixth form colleges, universities and employers in a range of industries.


Subject content:


GCSE Drama is a practically led subject which consists of three practical examinations, each with coursework elements. The coursework submitted can take the form of a written document or a recorded video diary.


The three units are:


Unit 1 – From Page to Stage


You will explore a play through teacher-led workshops. You will then select a 10 minute extract from the play, rehearse it and perform the extract to an audience. This unit is worth 30% of the overall GCSE and is completed in Year 10. This unit is assessed by your teacher.


Unit 2 – Drama in the Making


You will explore a stimulus, such as a picture, photograph, newspaper article or piece of music, through teacher led workshops. You will work independently to devise your own performance pieces based on the themes within the stimulus. This unit is worth 30% of the overall GCSE and is completed in Year 11. This unit is assessed by your teacher.


Unit 3 – From Concept to Creation


The exam board set a scripted text and a stimulus item for exploration. You will explore these items in teacher led workshops and then choose whether to perform the script or devise their own piece. You have 10 hours to rehearse your performance, which you then present to a visiting examiner. This unit is worth 40% of the overall GCSE and is completed at the end of Year 11. This unit is assessed by a visiting examiner.


Exam Board - OCR