KS4 | Drama

Key Stage 4 Co-Ordinator:

Key Stage Four  Overview

GCSE Drama requires students to develop knowledge and understanding of:

The ways in which ideas, feelings and meanings are conveyed through the language of drama
A range of drama techniques and forms, using them in their own work and recognising them in the work of others
At least one play by exploring it from the perspective of an actor, director and designer
How to analyse and evaluate both orally and in written work
How plays and ideas in drama relate to their social, cultural and historical context

What Will I Learn?

GCSE Drama requires students to develop knowledge and understanding of:

  • Drama terminology linked to all aspects of live theatre both on stage and back stage.
  • At least two play texts by exploring it from the perspective of an actor, director and designer.
  • How plays and ideas in drama relate to their social, cultural and historical context.
  • Live Theatre. Students will be expected to see at least three live performances during the course.
  • How to analyse and evaluate both orally and in written work.

Unit Titles and Assessment Methods

Component 1:  Written Exam-Understanding Drama – 40% of GCSE                     

Component 2:  Practical and written- Devising Drama – 40% of GCSE

Component 3:  Practical Drama- Performance of Text – 20% of GCSE

Additional Course Specific Information

You must be enthusiastic and committed to developing existing knowledge and skills of drama and theatre at a higher level.  25% of the course is purely practical so you must be able to work with others in a co-operative and supportive manner.

A good attendance record is essential as 40% of the course is interactive.

You must be willing to develop your written drama skills as at least 40% of the final assessment is a written – in the form of an end of course written exam.

You need to be interested in going to the theatre – both as part of the course and independently.

Higher Education Courses and Careers Progression Pathways

Successful completion in this subject at Level 2 (GCSE C or above) will allow you to have a range of options in the future.  If you wish to progress to a Level 3 (AS/A2, BTEC) in this subject, you are required to have a minimum of a B grade at Level 2 (GCSE).  GCSE Drama may be required by a number of training programmes, by employers or as an entry requirement for other subjects at advanced level.  

For further information please speak to Mrs Bailey, Head of Drama, Expressive Arts Faculty.