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GCSE Drama

GCSE Drama

GCSE Drama fundamentally asks candidates to think of themselves as ‘Theatre makers’.   We’d like students to start thinking like this from the start of Year 7 onwards.  At Key Stage 3 we aim to continuously build on these foundations, so that students will have the skills and experiences needed to flourish at GCSE level.  It is a highly practical course that will not only develop your performance and theatrical skills, but will also prepare you for higher level courses or employment in the Arts.  During the course you will work collaboratively, as you devise your own plays and rehearse from scripts.

Research shows that, in the near future, Creativity will become an increasingly essential quality in future society.  Drama GCSE will enable you to use and develop your capacity for this quality.

GCSE Drama assessment focuses on the following assessment objectives.  KS4 students need to be able to:

  • A01: Create and develop ideas to communicate meaning for theatrical performance.
  • A02: Apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance.
  • A03: Demonstrate knowledge of how drama and theatre is developed and performed.
  • A04: Analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others


GCSE Drama Year 11 Curriculum plan

Component 1 – Devising                    Component 2 – Performing Scripts                Component 3 – Written exam




Component 1 Rehearsal and Recorded Performances

30th September/1st October

Devised performances developed during Summer term of  Year 10

Component 1 Portfolio draft submission

18th October

Deadline to submit completed draft – all 6 questions

Students will have timetabled lessons but should also work on this at home – Google Docs

Component 1 Portfolio final submission

Final date for completed portfolio: 13th December.

Students will be given written feedback on their draft and will have timetabled lessons to finalise the portfolio.

Component 2 Preparation and text allocation

December onwards (approx.)

Groups and texts to be agreed during this time

Component 2 Extra Rehearsals

One day in February half term (depending on student take-up/staff availability)

All day by arrangement with teacher

Component 2 Exam Rehearsal time

Monday 2nd/Tuesday 3rd March (provisional)

All day – one day per group

Component 2 Performance

Wednesday 4th March (provisional – subject to confirmation by exam board)

All day – individual student performance times allocated later

Component 3 Study of Set text (‘An Inspector Calls’)

Within class after October half term

Students are asked to purchase their own copy of ‘An Inspector Calls’ please

Component 3 Theatre trip

(All students must see a live theatre production)

‘An Inspector Calls’ 18th March 2.30pm

‘A Woman in Black’ 25th February 7.45pm

Both performances Cambridge Arts Theatre

Letters will be sent out shortly

Students are advised to see ‘An Inspector Calls’

A Woman In Black - optional

Component 3 mock Written exam

Within November exam period

1 hour exam

Section A: An Inspector Calls

Component 3 mock written exam

In class, late March

30 minute exam:

Section B: Live theatre

Component 3 Written exam

Early May (to be confirmed)



We strongly advise all students to purchase their own copies of the following texts:,204,203,200_.jpg

An Inspector Calls’ by J B Priestley – set text for Component 3 Exam,204,203,200_.jpg

‘Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Drama Revision Guide – Pearson ISBN 978-1-292-13198-6

This text book is a vital tool to enable students to enhance their understanding and knowledge of design elements and to have a clear grasp of how to succeed in the written exam. Students should use this revision guide before their November mock exam as well as in the summer.