Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment
CCEA Curriculum Monitoring Programme 2018-19

GCSE Drama

For first teaching from September 2017
A guide to changes in GCSE Grading

Our GCSE in Drama is a broad and coherent course that can motivate and inspire students. It encourages them to develop a personal interest in drama and allows them to build and showcase their competence in a range of creative, practical and performance skills.

Students choose one of two pathways � performance (acting) or design (costume, lighting, multimedia, set or sound). They work creatively with others, generating, developing and communicating their ideas for a devised performance and for a scripted performance. They also explore social, historical and cultural influences on drama texts and activities.

Both the theoretical and practical elements of the course help them to become independent learners, critical thinkers with enquiring minds, and confident communicators.

This qualification prepares students for further study in the performing arts, a career in acting or design, or work in a related area such as arts management. Its emphasis on innovation, presentation, collaboration, communication and evaluation makes it relevant to many careers.

Specification and Specimen Assessment Materials



Our GCSE in Drama is a linear qualification: students take all the assessment at the end of the course.

The specification has three components:

  • Component 1: Devised Performance
  • Component 2: Scripted Performance
  • Component 3: Knowledge and Understanding of Drama.

Specification
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Specification (Irish-Medium)
(PDF), Last Updated: 09 October 2017
Specification (Irish-Medium)

Related Circulars

Further information on the use of eCandidate Record Sheets in 2019 (S/IF/43/18)
(PDF), Last Updated: 30 August 2018

Expansion of eCRS to Include Visiting Moderated Units/Components (S/IF/34/18)
(PDF), Last Updated: 18 June 2018

S/IF/03/19 - January 2019 - GCSE Drama Additional Instructions for Moderation
(PDF), Last Updated: 23 January 2019

AS/A2, GCSE and Entry Level Qualifications Instructions to Teachers (S/IF/10/19)
(PDF), Last Updated: 21 February 2019

Specimen Assessment Materials

Specimen Assessment Materials
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Specimen Assessment Materials (Irish-Medium)
(PDF), Last Updated: 13 October 2017

Controlled Assessment



In this specification Component 1: Devised Performance and Component 2: Scripted Performance are controlled assessment units, worth 25% and 35% of the overall mark, respectively.

Component 1: Devised Performance (Available to Candidates November 2019)
(PDF), Last Updated: 16 September 2019

Component 1: Devised Performance (Available to Candidates November 2018)
(PDF), Last Updated: 02 October 2018

Component 1: Devised Performance (Student Log)
(DOC), Last Updated: 07 September 2018

Component 2 Scripted Performance: Record of Marks Awarded (ExA39)
(PDF), Last Updated: 17 January 2019

eCandidate Record Sheet (eCRS) FAQs
(PDF), Last Updated: 02 October 2018

eCandidate Record Sheet (eCRS) Presentation - Summer 2019
(PDF), Last Updated: 02 October 2018

Support


Fact File: A Midsummer Night's Dream
(PDF), Last Updated: 02 November 2017

Fact File: Across the Barricades
(PDF), Last Updated: 02 November 2017

Fact File: Blood Brothers
(PDF), Last Updated: 02 November 2017

Fact File: Costume Design
(PDF), Last Updated: 26 January 2018

Fact File: Definitions for Understanding Theatre
(PDF), Last Updated: 02 November 2017

Fact File: Devising
(PDF), Last Updated: 02 November 2017

Fact File: Juno and the Paycock
(PDF), Last Updated: 02 November 2017

Fact File: Lighting for the Devised Performance
(PDF), Last Updated: 30 November 2017

Fact File: Philadelphia, Here I Come
(PDF), Last Updated: 02 November 2017

Fact File: Set Design and Artistic Director
(PDF), Last Updated: 30 November 2017

Fact File: Sound Design
(PDF), Last Updated: 30 November 2017

Fact File: Sparkleshark
(PDF), Last Updated: 02 November 2017

Fact File: Tea in a China Cup
(PDF), Last Updated: 02 November 2017

Fact File: The Crucible
(PDF), Last Updated: 02 November 2017

GCSE Drama Instructions to Teachers 2019
(PDF), Last Updated: 01 February 2019

GCSE Drama Planning Framework
(DOCX), Last Updated: 27 June 2017

GCSE Drama Support Event Presentation (Sept 2018)
(PDF), Last Updated: 10 October 2018

List of Plays
(PDF), Last Updated: 09 February 2018

Snapshot
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Student Guide
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017


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