GCSE Drama (2017)

Please note: a Specification Addendum is in place for the 2020/2021 academic year for those candidates completing their course in Summer 2021. View Specification Addendum.

The CCEA GCSE Drama specification motivates and inspires students to build and showcase their competence in a range of creative, practical and performance skills.

This comprehensive and innovative course encourages students to develop a personal interest in drama. 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 students to become critical thinkers with enquiring minds, confident communicators, and independent learners.

This qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through the Area of Learning The Arts.

This specification 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.

Skills developed through our GCSE Drama

This specification supports the Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stage 4 and gives students further opportunities to achieve their potential and develop skills for life.

Students develop the following skills through the Devised and Scripted Performance components:

  • researching and investigating;
  • devising;
  • designing;
  • self-management;
  • working with others;
  • performing;
  • presenting; and
  • analysing and evaluating.

Through developing their knowledge and understanding of drama, students explore elements such as the playwright’s use of language, style and genre, contexts, and aspects of performance, production and design.

For more information on this specification contact:

Nicola Black
Subject Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2816
Nola Fitzsimons
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2235