Drama GCSE

What will you learn?

Every student will participate in practical workshops, performances, study set texts, explore theatre practitioners, develop a range of theatrical skills and apply them to performance, learn how to analyse and evaluate theatre, write a live theatre evaluation and write a 2,500 word log book.


Here is a breakdown of the course:


  • Component 1: Understanding drama (written exam). Study of a play, live theatre review and general theatre knowledge. In year 9 we study ‘The Crucible’ and in years 10 and 11 we study ‘Blood Brothers’.


  • Component 2: Devising drama. Creating and performing a piece of devised theatre, and writing a 2,500 word log book analysing and evaluating the process.


  • Component 3: Texts in practice. Performing two script extracts from a play.



How will you be assessed?

It is important to note that drama GCSE is 70% theory and 30% practical.


  • Component 1 is a 1 hour 45 minute exam paper (40% of the GCSE)

  • Component 2 consists of a performance (10% of the GCSE) and also a 2,500 word log book (30% of the GCSE)

  • Component 3 consists of a performance exam in front of an external examiner (20% of the GCSE)

Where can this subject take you?


‘A’ Level Drama/Theatre Studies and BTec Performing Arts courses are widely available at local colleges, and favour students who have Drama GCSE. Universities offer combination degree courses of Drama with Art, Music, Psychology, Film and Media Studies as well as ‘straight’ degrees in Performing Arts or Theatre Studies.


Studying drama can lead to a wide variety of other future options too. Employers particularly favour how drama students have great people skills, and strong communication and presentation skills. Drama can be beneficial to students who are considering any people-based careers, medicine or law, advertising, communications, youth work, directing, stage and theatre management, counselling, T.V./film production, marketing, business, teaching, creative industries, acting, hospitality or social care. These are only a few examples – there are endless possibilities!