Examination Board: OCR
Specification: J316
Qualification: GCSE

Head of Department:
Mrs Jessica Ashley

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Course Overview:

  • The GCSE Drama course is designed to allow learners to gain a practical understanding of drama, alongside applying this knowledge to their performances while developing their practical skills.
  • Pupils can choose to be a performer OR can take on the role of designer in lighting, sound, set or costume. Pupils must choose one role per component but can choose different roles throughout the course e.g. they could be a performer for the devised piece but a designer for the performance text piece.

Why study Drama?

  • The course fosters pupils’ creativity, personal growth, self-confidence, communication and analytical skills through the acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding, and the exercise of, the imagination.
  • It also promotes pupils’ involvement in, and enjoyment of, drama as performers, devisers, directors and designers.
  • It provides opportunities for pupils to attend professional and community drama performances and to develop their skills as informed and thoughtful audience members.
  • Through the study of GCSE Drama, pupils will be given opportunities to participate in and interpret their own and others’ drama. They will investigate the forms, styles, and contexts of drama and will learn to work collaboratively to develop ideas, to express feelings, to experiment with technical elements and to reflect on their own and others’ performances.
  • By studying GCSE Drama, pupils will learn more about the subject and its contribution to social and cultural commentary, and will come to appreciate that drama, whether intended for audiences or not, provides significant opportunities for expressing cultural and personal identity.

Content Overview

Assessment Overview 

Pupils will research and explore a stimulus, work collaboratively and create their own devised drama.

Non-exam assessment (internally marked; externally moderated)

30% of GCSE

Pupils develop and apply theatrical skills in acting or design by presenting a showcase of two extracts from aperformance text.

Non-exam assessment (visiting examiner)

30% of GCSE

Pupils will explore practically a performance text to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of drama. Pupils will also analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance.

Exam assessment 1 hour 30 minutes written paper.

40% of GCSE



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