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GCSE Drama

Mathematics - Year 7

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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Drama for students who have chosen this subject for GCSE, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Mrs Spurling if you have any questions.

Please click on the questions below to find out more.

Which exam board will students be examined by?


How are groups organised?

Classes are mixed ability. Students have five hour long lessons per fortnight.

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

Successful students will be creative and enthusiastic about practical work. They will be critical thinkers who enjoy analysing and solving performance problems. They are committed to extra rehearsal during project periods.

What are the key concepts students will study at this level?

  • Performance Skill
  • Performance practitioner and style.
  • Textual Analysis
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Stagecraft
  • Collaboration and communication

What will students learn at this level?

Devising Drama (01/02):

  • Explore a stimulus provided by the exam board.
  • Research and explore theatre genres.
  • Apply skills and techniques with control and purpose
  1. Work in groups to create original drama.
  • Develop analytical and evaluative skill.
  • You will choose to be ‘expert’ as a performer or a designer.
  • Document the complete process of development.

Text Performance (03):

  • Detailed analysis of a text.
  • Interpret two extracts for performance to a visiting examiner.
  1. Apply skills and techniques with control and purpose.
  • You will choose to be ‘expert’ as a performer or a designer
  • Analyse your application of skill and technique.

Performance and Response (04):

  • Written exam.
  • Detailed study and analysis of ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell.
  • Detailed study and evaluation of a piece of live theatre seen.

What skills will students develop at this level?

  • Performance Skill
  • Technical skill
  • Analytical and evaluative
  • Communication Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving

How will students learn at this level?

  • Performing to audiences
  • Reflective portfolio
  • Independent research
  • Watching live theatre
  • Self and peer evaluation
  • Practical projects
  • Exploring genre and style

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

Devising Drama (30%)

Project Portfolio Evidence – 40 marks

Devised Performance – 20 marks

Text Performance (30%)

Performance of two extracts – 40 marks

Written Concept Analysis – 20 marks

Performance and Response (40%)

Written exam lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes. Questions vary in size with one essay style question.

When do key assessments take place?

Devising Drama: April – June of year 10

Text Performance: Jan – April of year 11

Performance and Response: Exam at the end of year 11

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

  • Encourage use of Digital Theatre Plus to watch recordings of theatre.
  • Trips to live theatre.
  • Encourage your child to see A Level and BTEC performances at the school.
  • Come to support at performance presentations.
  • Support with completion of portfolio work and lengthy evaluations.

How does this subject link to other subjects?

  • English: Textual analysis. Realising script.
  • Science: Analysis and evaluation
  • PSCHE: Empathy and cultural differences.

What websites or resources may be helpful to support students’ learning?



What extra-curricular or enrichment opportunities are available for students in this subject at this level?

  • School Production
  • Open Mic
  • The Project
  • Technical Theatre Club
  • Production Arts Club
  • Links to external auditions/opportunities

What sort of careers can this subject lead to?




Set/Costume designer

Stage Manager

Front of House


What does student work look like in this subject at this level?


How does this subject support a broad and balanced curriculum, meeting the needs of all students, and developing traditional core skills?


How does this subject promote creativity, critical thinking, practice, perseverance and resilience, and making links?


How does this subject encourage enrichment and the development of cultural capital, deep learning, and inclusivity?