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Drama is one of the subjects which fits easily into the GCSE mode of examining as it is based on
current practice. The aims of the course are to:

  • Assist personal development, especially co-operation, confidence and responsibility.
    Students learn to recognise and express this development both orally and in written work.
  • Sharpen social awareness. The students look carefully at issues and are encouraged to explore
    situations with maturity and sensitivity. They learn to understand dilemmas by “standing
    in other people’s shoes”.
  • Develop critical skills. Oral and written work encourages students to evaluate their own work
    and that of others. Critical accounts of theatre visits are a compulsory part of the course.
  • Develop drama skills not only in lessons but through work with professional artists.
  • Enable students to appreciate the power of the theatre and understand that it can be more
    than just a source of entertainment; that it is a major element of our culture and a resource
    for learning beyond the school gates.


  • Paper 1: Unit 1: Improvisation - 60%
    Using drama to explore themes and issues with written
    portfolio evidence.
    Unit 2: Improvisation of a scripted play text
    Using drama to explore themes and issues from a named
    play text with written portfolio evidence.
  • Paper 2: Preparing a performance - 40%
    Devised by pupils, or script, to present to a visiting examiner.
    The structure of the course is to steadily and continually work through both papers, working on
    practical projects and creating written portfolios on each completed theme.

What kind of person do you need to be?

  • Comfortable with performing to an audience
  • Able to hand in regular written elements on time
  • Be committed to rehearsal out of hours
  • Meet deadlines