Soham Village College

GCSE Drama (Legacy)

GCSE Drama

Class of 2017 Only

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Exam Board Qualification Specification
EdExcel Exam Board - GCSE Art & Design (Unendorsed 2AD01) GCSE Drama 2DR01


The GCSE Drama specification is made up of the following three units –

Unit 1: Improvisation      (30% of GCSE)
You take part in a series of assessed practical workshops exploring an idea or theme through drama. This year's theme is that of "Separation". You will be given a variety of stimuli i.e. photographs, poems and objects and will have the opportunity to use drama to explore your ideas. 

Overview of assessment
Six-hour practical exploration
Documentary response (recommended maximum 2000 words)

Unit 2: Workshop of a full play text       (30% of GCSE)
You take part in a series of assessed workshops on a play text and complete a portfolio of work on the work covered. Both marks for these two sections combine and make up 30% of the GCSE.  You will also watch a live theatre performance and write a review on it.

Overview of assessment
Six-hour practical exploration of the play text
Documentary response to practical exploration (recommended maximum 1000 words)
Documentary response to live theatre (recommended maximum 2000 words)

Unit 3 – Practical exam     (40% of GCSE)

You will rehearse and perform a script extract in front of an examiner.  Scripts will be selected for you that give you opportunities to use your skills as an actor developed during the course.  The performance normally takes place in the first two weeks of May in year 11.

Overview of assessment
Students will present their work as performers or performance in a single performance to an examiner.

Key Terms used in GCSE Drama include:

The Explorative Strategies The Drama Medium & Elements of Drama
  • Hotseating
  • Cross Cutting
  • Role Play
  • Thought tracking
  • Still Image
  • Narrating
  • Forum Theatre
  • Marking the moment
  • Space, Movement and Levels
  • Voice and Movement
  • Set Design
  • Mime and Gesture
  • Space and Levels
  • Climax and Anti Climax
  • Contrasts
  • Use of Sound and Music
  • Symbols