Exam board: Eduqas
Course code/specification number: 3690qs
Level of qualification: Level 2

What skills will students develop and demonstrate?

This GCSE in Drama will enable learners to:

  • apply knowledge and understanding when making, performing and responding to drama
  • explore performance texts, understanding their social, cultural and historical context
  • develop a range of theatrical skills and apply them to create performances
  • work collaboratively to generate, develop and communicate ideas
  • develop as creative, effective, independent and reflective learners able to make informed choices in process and performance
  • contribute as an individual to a theatrical performance
  • reflect on and evaluate their own work and that of others
  • develop an awareness and understanding of the roles and processes undertaken in contemporary professional theatre practice

How will students’ learning be assessed?

AO1 20%
Create and develop ideas to communi- cate meaning for theatrical performance

AO2 30%
Apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance

AO3 30%
Demonstrate knowledge and under- standing of how drama and theatre is developed and performed

AO4 20%
Analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others.

What grades can students’ access?

Grades 9-1

What will students learn about?

GCSE Drama is an exciting, inspiring and practical course. The course promotes involvement in and enjoyment of drama as performers. It provides opportunities to attend live theatre performances and to develop skills as informed and thoughtful audience members. Learners will be given opportunities to participate in and interpret their own and others' drama. Learners have the option to work practically as performers in Units 1 and 2.

Learners will investigate a practitioner or genre of drama, work col- laboratively 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 published performance 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.

What can students’ progress on to after completing this course?

BTEC qualifications, applied and job related learning in drama, theatre, media and television.
A level Drama, Theatre Studies. 

For further information please contact:

Ms. C. Casey Head of Faculty caseyc@burntmill.essex.sch.uk