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Drama at Thrybergh Academy and Sports College

Course description

GCSE Drama is all about understanding what it is like to put yourself in somebody else’s shoes. Playing many parts in different imaginary situations, you will have the opportunity to create your own work as well as performing plays written by other people. You will enjoy this course if you want to study a subject that is both practical and creative and if work well as part of a team as Drama involves a lot of group work.

Course content

The course is in three parts:

  • In part one of the course you will use drama to express your feelings and ideas about a range of issues. This is done through practical exploration and a portfolio of evidence.
  • In part two of the course you will look at a play to see how a playwright expresses their ideas about a theme or topic and explore ways of making the play work on stage. This is also done through practical exploration and a portfolio of evidence.

In part three of the course you will be involved in the performance of a play from an existing script or one you can create yourselves.

Entry requirements

Students must have achieved a level 5 or above in Drama at the end of Y9 and have at least 94% attendance.


60% of the GCSE Drama course consists of practical performance work and a written portfolio of evidence completed during controlled assessments. During the course you will take part in 2 units that will be marked by your teacher. In one of the units you will show all that you have learnt about Drama to explore your responses to a theme. In the other unit you will explore a play and show your understanding of drama by taking part in a number of exercises based on that play. You will be assessed on your practical work and on the portfolio of evidence.

The examination for GCSE Drama is a practical performance. It is worth 40% of the marks. You will take part in a play that you have created as a group or rehearsed from a script. You will perform the play in front of an audience and an external examiner will be present at one of the performances.

Future opportunities

This course will prepare you for a variety of careers in drama e.g acting or production skills such as set design. Past students have also gone on to work as teachers; police officers; nurses; solicitors etc.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 01 October 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: 500/4619/6