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GCSE Drama - Exam Information


Course Content

Drama is a popular option and results are consistently very high. We follow the Cambridge International IGCSE Drama specification. Drama students develop high level performance skills through work on devised and scripted projects. They study the theatrical possibilities of play texts and examine how they can be taken from page to stage. In addition, Drama students are taken to see a variety of professional live theatre productions and develop knowledge of theatrical styles, genres and theatre practitioners. Parents are invited to see Coursework Assessed performances in May of Year 10 and October of Year 11.

Course Structure

Component 1: Written Examination 40% Externally examined

Based on pre-release material supplied by the exam board

Component 2: Coursework 60% Internally assessed/ Externally moderated

Students submit three pieces of practical coursework. They are marked as an individual.

  • One individual piece (3–5 minutes):

-  one performance of an extract from a play (monologue)

  • Two group pieces (maximum 15 minutes each):

- one performance of an extract from a play (scripted)

- one original devised piece.

Year 10: Students spend the first term developing devising and acting skills in short mini-projects. After Christmas they start work on researching, developing and devising their first piece of assessed coursework; the group original devised piece. This is performed and assessed in early May. The Year 10 Written Exam requires them to answer questions based on the development and evaluation of their practical coursework. After their exams they will choose their individual monologue piece and will be given their group script piece both of which will be learnt over the Summer Holiday.

Year 11: The Autumn Term is spent completing the final two pieces of assessed coursework. The group script performance takes place just before half term and the solo script performance takes place during the Trial Exams period in December. There is no written Trial Exam for Drama in December. After Christmas, students spend all their time working on the pre-release exam material in preparation for the written examination. This is focused on text analysis and on responses to stimulus materials. A written Trial Exam will take place before Easter.

Exam Board: Cambridge International IGCSE Drama

*Due to examination reform there will be a change in the specification for first teaching in September 2016. A decision as to which examination board is to be used will be made once all specifications are available for review.