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GCSE Drama

Examination board: Pearson Edexcel

The students are following the Pearson Edexcel GCSE Drama course and are assessed on three components.

Component 1 Devising - 40% of GCSE.

  • This is a non-examined assessment unit.
  • Students create, rehearse and perform an original piece of drama and are assessed as a performer or designer.
  • Students complete written coursework a (2000-word max) analysing and evaluating their practical work 

Component 2: Text in Performance – 20% of GCSE.

  • This unit is examined by a live visiting examiner. 
  • Students perform two extracts from a play (monologues or duologues or combination or both) either as a performer or designer (lights/sound/costume/set)

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice – 40% of GCSE (written paper lasting 1 hour 45 minutes) 

  • Students study a set text (DNA by Denis Kelly) and answer a range of questions as an actor, director and designer.  They also answer two questions analysing and evaluating a piece of live theatre they have seen.