• Course title: GCSE Drama
  • Course leader Mrs K Teasdale  kteasdale@waseleyhills.worcs.sch.uk
  • Examination board  -  EDEXCEL


Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Drama

Component 1: Devising                                                                            40%   60 marks

Pupils will create and develop an original devised performance from a choice of stimuli.

Pupils will be assessed on their performance (15 marks)  and their analysis and evaluation of the devising process (Coursework portfolio 45 marks)

Component 2 : Performance from text                                                    20%   48 marks

Pupils perform two key extracts from a play. Pupils will choose between monologues, duologues or a group performance

Externally assessed by Visiting Examiner

Pupils have a wide range of texts that they can choose from. However it has to be a different play from Component 3 and a different playwright, genre and time. That still provides plenty of options!

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice                                              40%   60 marks

Written examination 1 hour 30 minutes.

Practical exploration of one complete play: DNA Dennis Kelly.

Live theatre evaluation. Pupils will watch a live performance of their choice: this cannot be a musical or a play from the set list (An Inspector Calls, The Crucible, Government Inspector, Twelfth Night, 1984, DNA, Blue Stockings, DNA, or Dr Korczak’s Example).

Section A: 45 marks

Six questions based on an unseen extract from text studied

Section B: Live Theatre Evaluation

Two extended  questions requiring pupils to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen (Must not be a prescribed text from Component

Guided/Assisted Time for Students:

There are multiple opportunities for students to ‘book’ time for additional support or rehearsal time (e.g. lunchtimes) but it is up to the student to organise themselves and arrange this with a staff member ahead of time.

Revision Materials:

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Drama Revision Workbook, Pearson      ISBN 978 1 292 13197 9

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Drama Revision Guide, Pearson             ISBN 978 1 292 13198 6

Useful web resources:

DNA revision :




Drama and theatre: