Drama

Exam Board: Cambridge Assessment International Education.
Syllabus Number: 0411

What will I be studying?

At GCSE you will work with a variety of people in different situations, both to plan and perform work. This involves developing the skills of negotiation, communication, confidence (not only your own, but also the ability to instill confidence in and motivate others), teamwork, compromise, criticism, evaluation and reflection, problem-solving,
planning, structuring, presenting and articulate expression, to name a few. In other words, many extremely important life skills.

Topics covered in Lower Fifth: A variety of practitioners and styles including Stanislavski and Brecht; Working with scripts for group and monologue work; Devising; Analysing dramatic productions; Exploring and understanding production elements.

Topics covered in Upper Fifth: Learning to develop work from a stimulus; Construction and performance of a devised piece; Preparation for the Written exam.

How will I be assessed?

Written exam (40%). The questions in this exam relate to pre-release material sent to school in advance of the examination. This consists of three stimuli and an extended play extract. Candidates devise a piece of drama on one of the three stimuli and study the play extract. The questions on the paper will require candidates to have engaged from the perspective of actor, director and designer.

Practical Coursework (60%). Students submit three pieces of coursework throughout their two-year course. There is no written work attached to this coursework. This process can be repeated as many times as necessary.


One individual scripted piece 3-5 minutes. Two group pieces - one scripted, one devised – both max 15 mins.

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

Theatre trips are part of the course. The analysis of these trips will be essential for the students’ devising and written work. 

Cambridge IGCSE develops not only subject knowledge but also skills. It encourages confidence in working with information and ideas – their own and those of others. Students become responsible for themselves, responsive to and respectful of others. They need to be reflective as learners, developing their ability to learn. In order to be successful they need to be innovative and equipped for new and future challenges, engaged intellectually, ready to make a difference. These transferable skills can be applied usefully within many occupations and walks of life – business, industrial or artistic.

Examination method

Practical coursework: 60%. 
Written exam (taken at the end of Upper Fifth): 40%.