GCSE Drama

Exam Board - GCSE Drama Edexcel (2DR01)

The Course

The aim of the Key Stage 4 Drama curriculum is to develop:

  • Confidence in communicating with imagination and expression
  • Social skills in negotiation and team work
  • Performance skills in producing pieces of drama that engage and enthrall your audience
  • Thinking skills about people, feelings, situations, life and the world in which we live

As part of the course students will:

  • See live theatre
  • Perform in a Community Play
  • Present a monologue
  • Showcase examination work
  • Work practically in most lessons


Unit 1 – Drama Exploration (30%)

In Unit 1 the emphasis is on developing an understanding of selected ideas, themes and issues through Drama and finding original ways to structure responses into a meaningful piece of work.

You will be assessed on your practical work which will be recorded on video (20%). Your practical work is supported by written work – approximately 2000 words (10%).

Unit 2 – Exploring Play Texts (30%)

Unit 2 focuses on the ways in which a playwright records their ideas in a script and how performers, directors and designers use drama to interpret and realise these ideas in performance.

Once again your practical work will be assessed and recorded on video (15%). You will also need to support your work by more written work – this time 1000 words (5%).

For Unit 2, you will also go to see a live theatre production and write a theatre review (another 2000 words -10%).

That’s 5000 words that you will need to write over the course; 25% of your overall mark.

Unit 3 – Drama Performance (40%)

This unit provides an opportunity for students to bring together their learning from the course and to demonstrate their skills and understanding of expressive and imaginative performance to an external examiner.

With the help of your teacher and working in groups of 3-6, students will choose a script especially written for the examination to perform.  At least 6 weeks will be spent rehearsing for this performance in order for students to create their most exciting and creative work.

Where it leads

The skills developed in Drama are transferable and will support the demands of most creative, disciplined and modern careers.