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The Beaconsfield School A specialist Arts College

Key Stage 4

Course Code: WJEC C690QS

Website: http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/drama-and-theatre/gcse/

Course overview

This course has been designed to be a practical, engaging and creative specification for students to study. It will provide opportunities to examine drama and the work of others, to explore a range of drama as a practical art form, and to work independently to create their own drama performances. Drama challenges students and develops a number of transferable skills including: time management, communication, research, confidence and problem solving.

Course Content

Devising drama (30%) - Students will create their own devised performance based on a chosen stimulus. In addition to the performance, students will be marked on an accompanying portfolio and evaluation that explores their process and decisions made whilst creating and developing their performance.

Presenting and performing texts (30%) - Students will take part in a showcase, demonstrating their chosen skills in a live performance. Students will perform in or design for two performances from one text. Students will be required to produce an accompanying document which outlines their intentions for and approach to the performance showcase.

Performance and response (40%) - This component is a final exam that assesses students’ knowledge and understanding of how drama is developed and performed. It requires students to study a script as well as evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen.


Students will regularly have to update their portfolios by expanding on class notes. Homework may also include research tasks on the chosen plays and mock exam questions. Students are also required to attend a theatre trip.