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Powerful Knowledge

The Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in Drama consists of two coursework components and one externally examined paper.  Students must complete all assessment by May/June in any single year.

Component 1: Devising: 1DR0/01:

Coursework 40% of the qualification – 60 marks

Content overview

• Create and develop a devised piece from a stimulus (free choice for centre).

• Performance of this devised piece or design realisation for this performance.

• Analyse and evaluate the devising process and performance.

 • Performer or designer routes available.

Component 2: Performance from Text: Component code: 1DR0/02

Coursework 20% of the qualification – 48 marks

Content overview

• Students will either perform in and/or design for two key extracts from a performance text.

• Centre choice of performance text.

• Performer or designer routes available

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice: Paper code: 1DR0/03

 Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 40% of the qualification – 60 marks

 Content overview

• Practical exploration and study of one complete performance text.

• Choice of eight performance texts.

• Live theatre evaluation – free choice of production.



  • Working from a script (Reading/writing)
  • Key drama vocabulary (Including spellings)
  • Peer marking written work using notation system

School Context



Component 1

Assessment overview

• AO1, AO2 and AO4 are assessed.

 • Internally assessed and externally moderated.

There are two parts to the assessment:

 1) a portfolio covering the creating and developing process and analysis and evaluation of this process (45 marks, 30 marks assessing AO1 and 15 marks assessing AO4). The portfolio submission recommendations are:  - can be handwritten/typed evidence between 1500–2000 words    or - can be recorded/verbal evidence between 8–10 minutes   or - can be a combination of handwritten/typed evidence (between 750–1000 words) and recorded/verbal evidence (between 4–5 minutes)


2) a devised performance/design realisation (15 marks, assessing AO2).

Component 2

Assessment overview

 • AO2 is assessed.

 • Externally assessed by visiting examiner.

 • Centres are free to cover the performance/designing of the two key extracts in any way. This freedom caters for centres with different cohort sizes and allows them to choose group, solo and/or partner-based routes for assessment.

• Performance/design realisation covering both key extracts is worth 48 marks.

• If two separate performances are done covering two key extracts, then each performance/design realisation is worth 24 marks.

Component 3

Assessment overview

Section A: Bringing Texts to Life

• 45 marks, assessing AO3.

• This section consists of one question broken into six parts (short and extended responses) based on an unseen extract from the chosen performance text. 

• Performance texts are not allowed in the examination as the extracts will be provided.


Section B: Live Theatre Evaluation  

• 15 marks, assessing AO4.

 • This section consists of two questions requiring students to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen.

• Students are allowed to bring in theatre evaluation notes of up to a maximum of 500 words. 



  • Actor/Actress
  • Director (Theatre; film; TV)
  • Lighting designer
  • Sound designer
  • Costume designer
  • Drama Therapist
  • Broadcast presenter
  • Theatre stage manager
  • Arts Administrator
  • Talent agent
  • Script writer
  • Community Arts Worker