GCSE Drama


Qualification: GCSE

Exam Board: Edexcel

Tier of Entry: Single

(Optional Subject)


Drama GCSE engages students’ personal development and exploration through encouraging creativity, focusing on practical work which reflects twenty-first century theatre practice. They develop skills that will support progression to further study of drama and a wide range of other subjects. Students explore the roles of a performer, designer and director and develop their analytical and evaluative skills. Students will also develop skills in group work, research and negotiation, while also developing creativity, performance and design skills.


Course Content and Assessment: 

Component 1: Devising (40%) - 60 marks


Component 2: Performance from Text (20%) - 48 marks


Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (40%) – 60 marks

Further information can be found on the Pearson Edexcel website:



In Years 9 and 10, written evaluative homework at KS4 is set once a fortnight during theory lessons. In Year 11, research and revision homework tasks are set in addition to the written evaluations. Homework tasks will also include exam practice questions and on-going development of the written portfolio.


Pupils are advised to buy the CGP GCSE Drama 9-1 Complete Revision and The Play Guide (these are available from the department at a total cost of £6).

Please note if you are in receipt of, or have recently been in receipt, of Free School Meals, these resources will be provided for free.

The Drama page on the BBC Bitesize website is also very useful:



The study of GCSE Drama develops self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills as well as supporting the development of creativity and self-discipline. It enables students to continue studying at post-16 level in a range of courses including A Level Drama and Theatre Studies and Performing Arts BTEC. It also has links with post-16 English and Music courses.

At university level, students may study a degree in Drama, English Literature, Performing Arts, Production and Design and Applied Theatre.


Studying GCSE Drama can lead to a variety of careers including:


For more details, please email the Head of Department, Ms Clarke at clarkev@bp.lewisham.sch.uk