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Course Overview

Staff: Ms K Jackson and Mrs S Shephard

Drama is taught as a discrete subject at GCSE.
Course Overview:
Year 10

This year drama students learn the performance and technical skills needed to prepare for the Year 11 practical assessment.  Over the year, we study the development of significant schools of theatre: Greek Theatre, Shakespeare, 20th Century Kitchen Sink and Theatre of the Absurd.  We study various published scripts and student will also write, direct, design and perform their own pieces.

Students can opt to follow a performance or theatrical design route for each assessment. Many students try a combination of both.

Theatrical Design includes the study and practical use of lighting and sound design, set design, (including   properties) and costume design, (including mask, hair and make-up.)

All performance and design work helps to prepare the necessary techniques and skills needed for the Written Examination, including directing, character analysis, design skills, understanding of theatre and dramatic style and evaluating rehearsals and performances.

Year 11 (2016-17)

This year is devoted to the final GCSE Assessment which is separated into three areas: The written exam and two Practical options.

Practical Assessments are worth 60% of the final mark (30% for each option).
The Written Examination is worth 40% of the final mark.


Students select TWO of the following options in Year 11:

Devised thematic work; Scripted acting; Improvisation;Theatre in Education; Physical Theatre (this can include Dance Drama); Set Design; Costume; Make-up; Properties; Masks; Puppets; Lighting; Sound; Stage Management.


Here, you will reflect on your two Y11 practical pieces and consider how you used your acting or design skills to create the performances. The exam asks you to DESCRIBE your work, EXPLAIN the decisions you made in rehearsal, ANALYSE the effects of these decisions and the improvements you made and EVALUATE these skills in performance.


Many GCSE Drama students take leading roles in the school production every year.

This provides students with valuable experience of performance and design skills.

In Year 11, students can design for the school production in their Practical options, e.g. Stage Management, Set Design, Make-up, Properties etc.