Students must be able to analyse and deconstruct texts to find meaning and think of the ‘bigger picture’ when reading play-texts.

An ability to work in a group, be generous with time (there will times when after-school rehearsals may take place) and lots of physical energy will be needed.

You will certainly need a love of expressing yourself, being creative and having fun.


Outline of the Course

The course is divided into three components-

Understanding Drama

Devising Drama

Texts in Practice

Component 1: Understanding Drama

Format: written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Percentage: 40% of GCSE

Questions: range from multiple choice to extended pieces of writing

Topics: Understanding different types of theatre. 

Set text: Noughts & Crosses and production seen (reviewing a piece of live theatre)

Component 2: Devising Drama (practical)

Format: practical and written

Percentage: 40% of GCSE

Content:  students will be given a range of stimuli and have to create a performance that has been inspired from one of them.  This can be in a range of different styles: storytelling, pantomime, theatre in education and gothic horror.  This needs to be accompanied with a scrapbook that charts the students work: initial ideas, refinement and evaluation.

Component 3: Texts in Practice (practical)

Format: practical

Percentage: 20%

Content:  students will be given a suitable extract, which they have to rehearse, in a group or independently, and then perform to an external examiner.  Students have to carry out two extracts from the same play.

Click here for year 7 KS3 assessment criteria.

Click here for year 8 KS3 assessment criteria.


What can I do with a Drama Qualification?

You may wish to take a GCSE in drama for its own sake, perhaps to form the basis of a future interest or as part of a range of other subjects.  You might wish to go into a job where it is useful to have had experience of drama, or where you will need to use some of the skills developed during this course.  This might include careers in such fields as retail, travel and tourism, sales and marketing or any career that involves meeting people face to face.  The study of drama can help you develop transferable skills which you can take into any career or job.


For further information see

Mr M Walker, mwalker@sharnbrook.beds.sch.uk