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Examination Board:  OCR                                                  

Specification code: J316  

GCSE Drama will prepare you to negotiate with others in life outside of school and in your future career. It will also help you to work closely and sensitively with others, problem-solve, adapt to different challenges, risk-take and consider the wider world around you. You will focus on developing communication, confidence, cooperation, planning, organisation and collaboration skills – a huge step towards independence and higher education!


You will….

·         apply knowledge and understanding when making, performing and responding to drama

·         explore performance texts, understanding their social, cultural and historical context including the theatrical conventions of the period in which they were created

·         develop a range of theatrical skills and apply them to create performances

·         work collaboratively to generate, develop and communicate ideas

·         develop as creative, effective, independent and reflective students able to make informed choices in process and performance

·         contribute as an individual to a theatrical performance

·         reflect on and evaluate your own work and that of others

·         develop an awareness and understanding of the roles and processes undertaken in contemporary professional theatre practice

·         adopt safe working practices

Over the course of Year 10, you will do preparatory practical and theoretical tasks, mock components and the formal Devising Drama component. Then in Year 11, you will complete the Presenting and Performing component, and finally the public written exam.


Content Overview

Assessment Overview

Research and explore a stimulus, work collaboratively and create your own devised drama


60 marks

Non-exam Assessment

(Teacher assessed and moderated)


of total GCSE

Develop and apply theatrical skills in acting or design by presenting a showcase of two extracts from a performance text


60 marks

Non-exam Assessment

(visiting examiner)


of total GCSE

Explore practically a performance text to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of drama.

Analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance.



80 marks

Exam Assessment

1hr 30minutes (Written Paper)


of total GCSE

assessed for quality of written communication and extended, structured, detailed response

Ms P Absalom BA (Hons)