Drama GCSE

This is a highly practical subject which requires all students to explore and develop their performance skills in a creative environment. All assessed written work is linked to the practical and performance work the students experience on the course.

The key features of this syllabus are that it offers a flexible approach to drama, embracing a range of learning styles. It gives options in devised and scripted performance, as well as design, allowing the centre a choice of plays and stimulus material to be explored through practical work.

  • Practical exploration with the emphasis on creating and developing performance work.
  • Exploration of different themes, topics and issues, investigating their dramatic potential.
  • Responding to and development of a range of dramatic skills and techniques.
  • Investigation of existing plays, interpreting characters and situations created by others.


Component 1: Devising (40%)

  • Internally assessed. Externally moderated.
  • Students devise a piece of theatre which they then perform. They will record the process in a portfolio.

Component 2: Performance from Text (20%)

  • Externally assessed by a visiting examiner.
  • Students prepare and perform two key extracts from a performance text to a visiting examiner. This offers options for monologue, duologue and group performances.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (40%)

  • Externally assessed written examination.
  • Students study one set text practically and answer question based on their exploration. Students write from the point of view of performer, director and designer. Students also evaluate a piece of live theatre they have seen.


Success in this subject allows students to progress onto Post 16 courses at Northallerton School & Sixth Form College, and to achieve good results through these courses. Many of our students progress to take the subject further in higher education.

Start Date

July 2019

Exam Board



Northallerton School & Sixth Form College

Course Level