Exam Board: WJEC Eduqas
Syllabus Number: C690QS

What will I be studying?

The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Drama which we deliver is an exciting, inspiring and practical
course. The specification promotes involvement in and enjoyment of Drama, as performers and/or designers. It provides opportunities to attend live theatre performances and to develop skills as informed and thoughtful audience members.

GCSE Drama students are given opportunities to participate in and interpret their own and others’ drama and have the option to work practically as performers and/or designers in Components 1 (Devising) and 2 (Scripted).

Pupils will investigate a practitioner or genre of drama, work collaboratively to develop ideas to communicate meaning and experiment with dramatic conventions, forms and techniques to produce and realise a piece of original theatre. They will also have
the opportunity to participate in the performance of an extract from a play text.

Learners will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of drama, including their ability to interpret texts for performance and analytical evaluate live performance in a written examination. However, the preparation for this assessment, is practical from the perspective of a performer, designer and/or director and we ensure we prepare our students well for the task of explaining how theatre works on paper, taking the play from the page to the stage first, and then back again, transporting readers into a visualisation of candidate’s own creative interpretations of the set text’s explored and showing how they understand theatre as an audience member.

Is there anything else I need to know about this subject?

This specification builds on subject content which is typically taught at Key Stage 3 and provides a suitable foundation for the study of Drama at either AS or A Level. In addition, the specification provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for learners who do not progress to further study in this subject.

Examination method

Practical coursework: 60%.
40% Devising (Component 1) Internally marked
20% Scripted extract (Component 2) Externally marked
40% Written exam ‘Interpreting Theatre’ (taken at
the end of Upper Fifth):

Further information
Please contact David Hewer