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GCSE Drama

This course enables students to deepen their understanding and appreciation of dramatic texts.

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Exam Board: AQA 8261


Drama requires students to reflect on their understanding of the dramatic form and apply it both academically and practically to the study of dramatic texts as well as in the exploration of themes and ideas through drama. Studying Drama is about understanding the world in which we live as well as learning to appreciate the theatre as a member of the audience, an actor, a director, and as a theatre technician.

Course Content

Component 1: Devising

  • Create and develop a devised piece from a stimulus (free choice for centre).
  • Performance of this devised piece or design realisation for this performance.
  • Analyse and evaluate the devising process and performance.
  • Performer or designer routes available.

Component 2: Performance from Text

  • Students will perform in two key extracts from a performance text.
  • Centre choice of performance text.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice

  • Practical exploration and study of one complete performance text.
  • Centre choice of set texts.
  • Live theatre evaluation.


Drama consists of two non-examination assessment components and one externally examined paper.

Where does it lead?

Students can progress from this qualification to: AS and A level in Drama and Theatre.