The GCSE in drama encourages students to develop a personal interest in why drama matters; to work together imaginatively and creatively; to reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others.
Students will explore practically a range of stimuli using explorative strategies, the drama medium and elements of drama, before taking part in a six-hour assessed workshop, which is then supported by a written portfolio.
This is followed by the practical study of a full play, which is also supported by a written portfolio. Students also have to see a live production and write a 2000 word evaluation.
Finally, students prepare and rehearse a piece of drama (either scripted or devised) for performance to a visiting examiner. Alternatively, they may prepare a presentation of a technical theatre area such as lighting, sound, costume, props etc.
There is no written exam for GCSE drama.