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.


What skills will you develop?

As well as acquiring the skills involved in creating and performing Drama, you will also develop skills required when working as part of a team, problem solving and communication. Drama will help you feel more self-confident and prepare you to deal with a range of different situations and people.


The course is in three parts:

  • In part one you will use your ideas to express your feelings and ideas about a range of issues
  • In part two you will study a play to see how the playwright expresses their ideas about a theme or topic, and explore ways of making the play work on stage.
  • In part three you will be involved in the performance of a play from an existing script or one you create yourselves



60% of the course is coursework. This consists of practical performance and a written portfolio of evidence. During the course you will take part in two different workshops that will be marked by your teacher. You will be assessed on your practical work and on the written work relating to the workshops.


The final examination for GCSE Drama is a practical performance. It is worth 40% of the marks. You will take part in a play that you have created as a group or rehearsed from a script. You will perform the play in front of an audience and the examiner will be present at one of the performances.


What could I do next with GCSE Drama?

You could go on to take AS or A Level in Drama and Theatre Studies, or you may wish to go into a job where it is useful to have had experience of Drama. These 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.


You will enjoy this course if you want to study a subject that is both practical and creative and you enjoy working as part of a team.

For more information see Mr Silburn.