GCSE Drama

The Course

Drama is an immensely exciting subject leading to the understanding of a wide range of play texts; an awareness of the historical forces which shaped them; increased self and group awareness and, finally, creativity, self-confidence, self-discipline and communication. The subject is a perfect complement to English Literature and English Language; it is also an appropriate preparation for the former subject at A level as well as, of course, Theatre Studies. Full advantage is taken of the college’s proximity to London theatres, enabling us to take full account of section B of the examined unit. Overall, the course enables students to explore both the theoretical and practical aspects of drama and the theatre arts and that balance is maintained in the teaching itself, week by week, as students move between the practical and academic demands of the course.

What skills do I need?

You need an interest in performance and performing.

How is the course assessed?

The GCSE is composed of two units. Unit 1 is a written paper with three sections. Section A is on the practical work you have completed during the course. Section B is on the study and performance of a scripted play. Section C is on the study of a live theatre production you will have seen. While the section A is compulsory, you can opt to respond to either section B or C in your second answer. The paper lasts 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 40% of the total marks. 

Unit 2 is the coursework unit. This is internally assessed and externally moderated. You will be required to present practical work for two controlled assessment options. You will work as part of a group of students. MPW will be targeting option 1 in which the group will create a devised piece in relation to a specific stimulus or theme and option 2 in which the group will perform an extract from a play. It is worth 60% of the total marks.


The Crucible
By A. Miller
Published by Penguin, ISBN 978-0141182551

Blue Remembered Hills
By D. Potter
Published by Samuel French Ltd, ISBN 978-0573016998

Exam Board and Specification Code

AQA 4242

Richard Martin
Head of Department