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In order to succeed in GCSE Drama you have to be enthusiastic, committed and co-operative.

Why choose GCSE Drama?  Click on this link then read on 

Drama is a very stimulating option in which you will explore a wide range of issues using a range of dramatic techniques.

If you enjoy performing in front of audiences, working collaboratively with other people and exploring challenging ideas and issues, GCSE Drama is the option for you!

Nationally, GCSE Drama enjoys very high pass rates and a qualification in GCSE Drama can open up lots of doors for you. GCSE Drama develops a range of communication skills which are needed in all careers, for example; business, law, teaching and medicine.


​Course Requirements:


  • Assessment

  • Unit Percentage Assessment

  • Drama Exploration 30%

  • Controlled assessment: six-hour practical exploration, centre-devised; documentary evidence max. 2000 words.

  • Exploring Play Texts & Response to Live Theatre 30% 

  • Controlled assessment: six-hour practical exploration, centre-devised based on a play text; documentary evidence maximum 1000 words.

  • Written response to live theatre maximum.2000 words.

  • Drama Performance 40%

  • Controlled assessment: performance of a play to a visiting examiner, devised or scripted. This must take place between 1 February and 31 May in Year 11.

Welcome to the Drama department.


​A Drama Club runs each week on a Monday after school, where students who are interested in Drama can continue to develop their skills in a mutually supportive environment.  High Achievers are given the chance to take on leadership and directorial roles.  The Drama Club work towards a yearly performance that takes place in the Summer Term.

Key Stage 3: Years 7 & 8

At KS3 students will begin by exploring all basic drama skills; freeze frame, thought-tracking, role play, mime, hot seating, physical theatre and improvisation through a range of scripted and devised work. 

Home learning is directly linked to the lessons taught and aims to extend and strengthen work in the classroom.  It can range from research tasks, practical extension tasks, written reflections on performance, to bringing in props and costumes.

Key Stage 4: Years 9, 10 & 11

GCSE Drama is an exciting, dynamic and rewarding option at Key Stage 4.  The course offers you the opportunity to develop practical skills, learn a range of performance techniques and to perform your work in front of an audience. You will also have the opportunity to see live performances during the course.

St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic High School

Boardmans Lane


St Helens

WA11 9BB

Tel: 01744 678112

Fax: 01744 678113

Email: staugustine@sthelens.org.uk