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Eduqas GCSE Drama: A complete guide for new teachers

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This course offers an introduction and overview of Eduqas GCSE Drama, providing essential skills and tips in how to effectively deliver the specification, ensuring maximum student engagement  and maximum  attainment. It is suitable for anyone just starting to teach Drama, in their first few years of teaching or lacking confidence in teaching Eduqas GCSE Drama. Whilst the focus of the day will be on the Eduqas course, many of the ideas will be applicable to all Drama lessons.


  • Provide teachers of GCSE Drama the material and confidence to teach effectively to all ability ranges.
  • Obtain an exceptional understanding of the key challenges in GCSE Drama and how to teach them.
  • Learn how to take a Level 4 student and help them attain a Level 9.
  • Gain insight into the content of the course, the exam structure and how the exams are marked.
  • Leave with resources ready to use.
  • Understand how to scaffold lower ability students and stretch higher ability students


Overview of the Eduqas GCSE Course

10.00 – 10.40am
  • Explanation of the content of the course, looking at key pressure points and how they can be overcome.
  • Two different ways to structure your course according to student ability. When to introduce devising theatre and when to introduce the set text?
  • Creating a positive group dynamic that allows students to support each other, using ensemble work and physical theatre in term 1.
  • Planning your set text for the students you have, planning your range of devised stimuli, planning your scripted pieces.
  • Motivating lower ability students

Morning Break

10.40 – 11.00am

Component 1: Devising Theatre NEA: the complexities and challenges

11.00 – 12.00pm
  • Exploring devising techniques practically to boost student engagement and attainment
  • How to use the stimuli
  • Approaches to prepare students for the C1 exam focusing on performance
  • Approaches to prepare students for the C1 exam focusing on portfolio work
  • Approaches to prepare students for the C1 exam focusing on the final evaluation
  • Understanding the use of props, set and costume in a scene.
  • Learning how to create a working diary of key moments when devising.
  • Assessing the final product
  • Methods of how to excel in the written exam, using strict timings, sentence starters, key terminology and linking physical and vocal techniques.
  • Looking at the best plays to watch live and ways to use online resources for section C of the written exam

Component 2: Performing From A Text

12.00 – 1.00pm
  • We will look at plays that have been successful in the past
  • How to structure this component leading up to the exam
  • Understanding how to give feedback without directing and how to create devising exercises which allow students to create innovative work.
  • We will discuss how to overcome problems regarding attendance, apathy and lack of engagement.
  • Approaches to Artistic intentions
  • Understanding the use of props, set and costume in a scene.
  • Preparation for the final exam


1.00 – 2.00pm

How to teach Component 3 effectively

2.00 – 3.00pm
  • Which play to teach?
  • Approaches and how to structure C3
  • Approaches to section A
  • Approaches to Section B
  • Preparation for the final exam

Achieving unbelievable results

3.00 – 3.30pm
  • What does it take to go from a Level 4 to a Level 9
  • How can you plan to overcome barriers? How can you use structure in the written examination to ensure the highest marks
  • How to gain full marks in the longer essay questions.
  • Analyse exemplar work to gain top marks




London | Tuesday 05 December 2023

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London | Tuesday 05 December 2023

This course, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.


Beverley Roblin is an experienced Head of Faculty having established and developed a number of highly successful, sector leading Performing Arts departments in schools She has been the principal examiner for both EDUQAS/WJEC GCSE drama for a number of years and has been involved in delivering CPD training and preparing resources for teachers on all aspects of course. She is also part of the team responsible  for training examiners and moderators ensuring they meet the required standards. She is an experienced A-Level examiner for  EDUQAS/WJEC, and has also written a number of educational drama texts for schools.


  • NQT’s in Drama
  • Teacher’s entering their second year of teaching GCSE Drama
  • Teachers wanting to build up their skills set in effective Drama teaching.
  • Teacher lacking confidence in the Eduqas GCSE Drama specification


  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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