Senior School

GCSE Drama

The course encourages students to work imaginatively and creatively in a collaborative context creating, developing and communicating ideas. The specification has a clear, three-unit structure, with two units led and assessed by the teacher and a third assessed by an external examiner.
There is a free choice of stimulus material and play scripts for all units, giving flexibility to choose the most appropriate texts and themes for students. It is a challenging and demanding discipline both intellectually and artistically.

Key subject aims

The Edexcel GCSE in Drama encourages students to:
  • Develop a personal interest in why Drama matters and be inspired, moved and changed by studying a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study.
  • Work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas.
  • Consider and explore the impact of social, historical and cultural influences on Drama texts and activities.
  • Reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others.
  • Develop and demonstrate competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills.
  • Develop a basis for their future role as active citizens in employment and society in general, as well as for the possible further study of Drama.
  • Actively engage in the process of dramatic study in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.


Unit 1: Drama Exploration 30% (Internally assessed)
Pupils explore themes, topics or issues through practical Drama work. Pupils document and evaluate how the work has been explored in a 2,000 word controlled assessment.
Unit 2: Exploring Play Texts 30% (Internally assessed)
Pupils study and interpret two contrasting play texts. Pupils document and evaluate how the texts have been explored in a 1,000 word controlled assessment.
Pupils attend live theatre trips and evaluate the performances in a 2,000 word controlled assessment.
Unit 3: Drama Performance 40% (Internally assessed)
Pupils take part in a group performance. This can be devised, scripted or a combination of both.

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