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GCSE Drama

Exam Board: Eduqas

The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Drama is an exciting, inspiring and practical course. The specification promotes involvement in and enjoyment of drama, as performers and/or designers. Additionally it provides opportunities to attend live theatre performances and to develop skills as informed and thoughtful audience members. Through following this specification, learners will be given opportunities to participate in and interpret their own and others’ drama. Learners have the option to work practically as performers and/or designers in Components 1 and 2.

Learners will investigate a practitioner or genre of drama, work collaboratively to develop ideas to communicate meaning and experiment with dramatic conventions, forms and techniques to produce and realise a piece of original theatre. They will also have the opportunity to participate in the performance of an extract from a play text. Learners will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of drama, including their ability to interpret texts for performance, in a written examination. However, in preparation for this assessment, learners are encouraged to study their chosen text practically as a performer, designer and director.


Component 1: Devising Theatre (40% of final grade):

  • Non-exam assessment

Component 2: Performing from a Text (20% of final grade):

  • Externally assessed by visiting examiner

Component 3: Interpreting Theatre (40% of final grade):

  • Written examination 1 hour 30 minutes

Enrichment Opportunities

Theatre visits, work with external partners such as RSC and National Theatre.







Year 10

Terms 1 and 2

Introduction to devising theatre.

Component One stimulus introduced.

Terms 3 and 4

Devising, rehearsing and performing

Component One.

Component One written work completed.

Terms 5 and 6
Introduction to Component three exam texts.

Year 11

Terms 1 and 2

Introduction to component two text.

Component three Section B theatre visit.

Terms 3 and 4

Component Two exam.

Component Three exam practice and revision.

Terms 5 and 6
Component three exam practice and revision.