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KS4 Drama

Key Stage 4 Course Information Page

Course Name : GCSE Drama

What is the qualification?

One full GCSE awarded at grades 9 – 1. There is no minimum level of achievement required at KS3.

What will I be doing on the course? How will it be structured?

  • Component 1: Devising Drama

You will research and explore a stimulus (provided by the board), work collaboratively, and create your own devised drama. Year 10 will be spent exploring this way of working, creating written logs and notes to support your rehearsal and performance.

  • Component 2: Performing Texts

You will develop and apply theatrical skills in acting or design by presenting a showcase of two extracts from a performance text. In Year 10 you will complete a practice unit of work ready for assessment in Year 11.

  • Component 3: Written examination

You will explore practically a performance text to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of drama

You will analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance

The written examination will be at the end of Year 11.


60% performance and exploration.
Component 1 (non-exam assessment): There will be opportunities for you to perform to your teacher and be internally assessed and then these devised pieces will be externally moderated. During these explorations, students will be awarded marks for their collaboration, supporting notes, and the final performance of the piece.

Component 2 (non-exam assessment): The performance of an extract from a play will be externally assessed by a visiting examiner.

40% written examination, 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Component 3: Students will answer questions on a set text studied and a live performance seen.

What skills do I need to develop to be successful at this course?

To be successful in drama you must develop your communication and team work skills as all of the units will involve group work and collaboration. You will also develop your improvisation and acting skills, alongside leadership skills. A real sense of collaborative spirit is an asset. You will be expected to meet deadlines in order to be successful.

What could I use this qualification for?

This course gives you a good basis for further study of drama in either A Level Drama and Theatre Studies or BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts courses. It will also develop your level of confidence and help with future college and job interviews.