Drama GCSE


Exam Board: Edexcel

Award: GCSE






Why do this course?

  • If you enjoy acting and the world of theatre.
  • If you enjoy working as a team or as an individual performer.
  • If you enjoy performing in front of others.
  • There is no written exam!


Course entry requirements:

  • Suitable for all year groups.
  • Suitable for all abilities.
  • No prior study required.
  • Need to have confidence to perform in front of others.  You will be expected to perform every lesson.


Subject content:

Unit A581: From Page to Stage – 30%

Candidates can work individually, in a pair, or in a group of up to six, to create a performance of a selected section of text.

60 marks total: 40 marks performance; 20 marks working record.  Internally assessed and externally moderated.

Unit A582: Drama in the Making – 30%

Candidates will prepare three distinct items for Workshop Presentation.

60 marks total: 40 marks workshop presentation(s); 20 marks working record.  Internally assessed and externally moderated.

Unit A583: From Concept to Creation (Practical Examination) – 40%

The practical examination consists of four briefs deriving from a text extract and a stimulus item.

80 marks total: 60 marks brief; 20 marks working record.  Externally assessed.


Method of Assessment:

This course is assessed in the following way:

  • 70% Practical Work. Students will be assessed on the final practical presentations.
  • 30% Written Working Records. Students reflect upon their preparation and exploration and how it applies to the rehearsal process and performance, plus their own original insights.




This course will help you to:

  • Broaden your understanding of theatre.
  • Increase your confidence.
  • Develop creativity.
  • Build self-esteem.
  • Develop co-operation and communication skills.
  • Develop presentation skills.



Progression Route:

GCSE Drama is a qualification that when gained, can be taken further at college level and then at university too.  Many students go on to study Drama, Theatre Studies or Performing Arts.  Drama is a GCSE subject that can be used in all careers, as students develop their confidence levels and this can then be applied to the workplace.  Drama can lead on to specific careers, such as teaching, theatre work, journalism, and youth work.   


Contact us

Cherry Willingham Community School, Croft Lane, Cherry Willingham, Lincoln LN3 4JP

Please direct enquiries to Ms. M Cooper in the first instance

  • Telephone: 01522 751040

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