GCSE Drama

Head of Department: Mrs N Schiff MA (Herts) BA (Plymouth) PGCE (Reading)

Email: nschiff@stedmundscollege.org

GCSE Drama: SPECIFICATION: Eduqas GCSE (9-1) in Drama

GCSE Drama fosters candidates’ creativity, personal growth, self-confidence, communication and analytical skills through the acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding and the exercise of the imagination. The Eduqas GCSE in Drama is an exciting, inspiring and practical course. The course promotes involvement in and enjoyment of drama, as performers and/or designers. Additionally, it provides opportunities to attend live theatre performances and to develop skills as informed and thoughtful audience members.

COMPONENT ONE: Devising Theatre (40%)

Learners will be assessed on either acting or design.

Learners participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of devised theatre using either the techniques of an influential theatre practitioner or a genre, in response to a stimulus set by Eduqas. Learners must produce:

  • a realisation of their piece of devised theatre.
  • a portfolio of supporting evidence.
  • an evaluation of the final performance or design.

COMPONENT TWO: Performing from a Text (20%)

Learners will be assessed on either acting or design.

Learners study two extracts from the same performance text.

Learners participate in one performance using sections of text from both extracts.

COMPONENT THREE: Interpreting Theatre (40%)

Written Examination: 1½ hours

Section A: Set Text

A series of questions on one set text from a choice of five:

  1. The Tempest, William Shakespeare
  2. The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Bertolt Brecht
  3. Hard to Swallow, Mark Wheeller
  4. War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford
  5. DNA, Dennis Kelly

Section B: Live Theatre Review

One question, from a choice of two, requiring analysis and evaluation of a given aspect of a live theatre production seen during the course.

The Eduqas GCSE in Drama offers a broad and coherent course of study which enables learners to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding when making, performing and responding to drama.
  • Explore performance texts, understanding their social, cultural and historical context including the theatrical conventions of the period in which they were created.
  • Develop a range of theatrical skills and apply them to create performances.
  • Work collaboratively to generate, develop and communicate ideas.
  • Develop as creative, effective, independent and reflective learners able to make informed choices in process and performance.
  • Contribute as an individual to a theatrical performance.
  • Reflect on and evaluate their own work and that of others.
  • Develop an awareness and understanding of the roles and processes undertaken in contemporary professional theatre practice.
  • Adopt safe working practices.


Is this the right course for me?

Students who enjoy this course enjoy thinking creatively about a broad range of subjects. Drama provides the opportunity to capitalise upon many areas of interest and use these to enhance the work of the performer. There are opportunities to develop leadership skills, manage projects and excel in one or two particular areas of expertise.

What are my career options?

The Creative Industries generate £91.8bn a year to the UK economy. Drama GCSE may facilitate roles in a wide range of careers including those in project management, directly in creative careers, and creative roles in non-creative organisations. The number of jobs in the UK’s creative industries rose by 5% in 2016, compared to a 1.2% increase in the wider UK workforce.