GCSE Drama

Full Course Title: GCSE Drama

Examination Board: CCEA


GCE AS and A2 Drama and Theatre Studies;

GCE AS and A2 English Literature;

BTEC National Award in Performing Arts;

BTEC National Certificate in Performing Arts;

BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts.

The GCSE Drama course is in two parts:

Unit 1: Understanding Drama – 40% Written Examination

Unit 2: Drama Performance – 60% Scripted Performance and Devised Performance


What is GCSE Drama all about?

GCSE Drama is all about understanding what it is like to put yourself in somebody else’s shoes. You will play many parts in different imaginary situations. You will have the opportunity to create your own work as well as look at plays written by other people.

Will I enjoy this course?

You will enjoy this course if you want to study a subject that is both practical and creative. You may have done some acting before or helped out backstage on a production. You may have always wanted to have a go at making a play, performing, making costumes, building a set or operating the lights but never had the chance. You will enjoy this course if you enjoy working as part of a team as Drama involves a lot of group work.

How does it follow from what I’ve learnt before?

GCSE Drama follows on from drama work that you will have done at Key Stage 3. You will develop your improvisation and acting skills to a higher level. You will also look at plays in more detail and look at different ways of bringing a script to life on stage.

Is there any coursework?

The 60% coursework part of the GCSE Drama course consists of practical performance work and a written notebook of evidence. During your course you will take part in 2 different workshops that will be marked by your teacher and externally moderated. You will be assessed on your practical work and on the supporting notes you keep during the workshops.

What about my results?

You can achieve grades A* to G in GCSE Drama. The final grade is reported in August.

What other skills may I develop?

As well as acquiring the skills involved in creating and performing Drama, you will be able to acquire skills in working with others, problem solving and communication. You will also find that Drama will help you feel more self-confident and prepare you to deal with a range of different situations and people.


Skills for your CV

  • confidence;
  • self-presentation;
  • teamwork and collaboration;
  • time management and organisational skills;
  • self-awareness;
  • self-discipline;
  • an open mind and the ability to move beyond boundaries and experiment with different ideas;
  • communication skills;
  • analytical, critical and research skills;
  • the ability to cope with criticism and learn from it