GCSE Drama

Students choosing GCSE Drama at Deptford Green School will follow the Edexcel exam syllabus. The course is made up of a combination of both practical and written assessments and will last for 3 years.

I am a Drama student if I…


• Understand the importance of preparation for performance as I am often required to rehearse outside of lesson time.
• Enjoy attending the theatre as attending is a required element of the course. I will also be assessed on my written response to work that I have seen.
• Can work collaboratively with others, as each Drama Unit requires me to work with others to create, develop and perform.
• Attend school regularly, as students who frequently miss sessions cannot be assessed. I also understand that being absent puts my group/s at a disadvantage.
• Am competent in English as the Drama GCSE includes a written examination and a large amount of evaluative and analytical writing.

Component 1: Devising

40% of the qualification

Content overview:
•Create and develop a devised piece from stimulus
•Performance of this devised piece
•Analyse and evaluate the devising process and performance.

● internally assessed and externally moderated.

● there are two parts to the assessment:

1) A portfolio covering the creating and developing process and analysis and evaluation.

2) A devised performance.

Component 2: Performance from text

20% of the qualification

Content overview

● Students will perform in two key extracts from a performance text.

● Externally assessed by visiting examiner.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

40% of the qualification

Content overview

● Practical exploration and study of one complete performance text

● Live theatre evaluation

Section A: Bringing Texts to Life

●This section consists of one question broken into five parts (short and extended responses) based on an unseen extract from the chosen performance text. Performance texts are not allowed in the examination as the extracts will be provided.

Section B: Live Theatre Evaluation.
•This section consists of two questions requiring students to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen.

Students are allowed to bring in theatre evaluation notes of up to a maximum of 500 words.

"So I think Drama is for me!"

That’s great, please see Ms Hurley to discuss your suitability for the course, and welcome to one of the most exciting option choices Deptford Green has to offer.