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60% of the course requires candidates to present practical work for two controlled assessment options.

It is anticipated that most candidates will take options in acting and devised thematic work / improvisation; it may be possible for candidates to offer technical options instead such as lighting and sound. This work is internally assessed and externally moderated.

40% of the course leads to a written paper of 1 ½ hours, which comprises three sections:

  1. Practical work completed during the course
  2. Study and performance of a scripted play
  3. Study of a live theatre production seen

The paper is externally set and marked.

Drama at all levels demands commitment. To do well, pupils need to rely on others within their group and to be reliable themselves. Evening school / homework will often reflect the practical nature of the course. Pupils are expected to find time to rehearse outside lesson times. They must also be prepared to make theatre visits on a regular basis.


There are regular trips to the theatre as part of the GCSE course, as can be seen from the specification outlines above. The department also runs the co-curricular 'Shakespeareans' Society – These Mortalsby Players – which meets twice a term to read one of the Collected Works, with a trip to the Globe Theatre each Summer Term.

Staff Position
Mr Matt JH Smith (BA Durham) Head of Department
Mr Phil C Richardson (MA Cantab, MA London, PGCE)  
Mr Martin Chandler (BA Central School of Speech and Drama) Theatre Technical and
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