Practical Exam

Students will have 8 weeks worth of lessons to create their final exam piece which is worth 40% of the final GCSE grade.  We will find out the exam date early in the Spring Term.   Prior to starting rehearsals for the final piece, students will explore a range of stimulus materials and techniques which they will be able to extend and develop into an exam piece should they wish to.


By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will: be able to list and discuss the assessment criteria for unit 3 the practical exam.

Most students will: be able to perform either an original piece of drama or a scripted piece which employs a range of elements and mediums of drama.  They will also be able to effectively communicate a character(s) which shows good levels of imagination and use of voice and movement.

Some learners will have progressed further and will:  be able to communicate a character and content and style which is highly imaginative and shows outstanding control over and appreciation of the elements and mediums of drama.


At the end of this unit we will be visited by an external examiner who will mark students individually on their performance.  Prior to the exam date their will be a public performance.

Extended homework task

Rehearse lines.

How to help your child

It would be helpful if parents could help students reflect on their practical work in lessons by asking students to discuss the characters and the story line of their piece.  It would also be helpful if parents could encourage students to take risks and create characters which are very different to themselves.  We ask parents to encourage students to take part in the drama retreat to Burwell House which gives students a head start on the 8 week rehearsal process. Finally we would encourage parents to join us for the public performance and to give feedback as we will have time to act on feedback before the examiner’s visit.