Drama - Key Stage 4

WJEC Drama

This is a two year course that starts in year 10. The course is suitable for anyone who wishes to continue their studies within Drama or the Performing Arts or who would like to broaden their curriculum base.

Below is a summary of the units within the specification:


Practical AssessmentWritten Assessment (Controlled)

Unit 1: Devised Practical Performance (60%) Controlled Assessment

120 marks (120 UMS)

TASK ONE – 40% Devised Performance (AO1, AO2)

Candidates will devise a practical performance based on a theme, linked with a practitioner or genre.

  • Candidates may choose either acting or a theatre design skill;
  • Teachers record the work on DVD/Video;
  • Internally assessed and externally moderated with task two.

TASK TWO – 20% Devised Performance Report (AO3)

Candidates will complete a written report on the practical work they completed in Task One, under formal supervision.

  • The report should include details of live performances candidates have seen, that have influenced their practical work; details on decision making; the inclusion of technical elements and the content of the piece and an evaluation of their own work and that of the group;

Internally assessed and externally moderated with task one.

Unit 2: Performance from a Text (20%) External Assessment

50 marks (40 UMS )

Candidates will be assessed on either their acting or a theatre design skill, in a scene from a published play.

  • Candidates to work in groups of between 2 to 5 members;
  • No more than two additional design candidates per group, each working on a different skill;
  • Externally assessed by a visiting examiner in April/May.

UNIT THREE:Written Examination (20%) Written Paper: 1½ hours

50 marks (40 UMS)


Candidates will be assessed on their ability to analyse one set text as an actor, designer and director and to evaluate practical work completed in Unit 2.



Photos from the Key Stage 4 Practical Exam 2010

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