Key Information

Examination Board Cambridge International Examinations
Syllabus Code  0411


Through practical and theoretical study, learners develop an understanding and enjoyment of drama, developing group and individual skills and studying ways to communicate ideas and feelings to an audience. They learn how to discover the performance possibilities of a text and other stimuli, and devise dramatic material of their own. Learners also develop their performance skills, the demonstration of which will form part of the final assessment.

The syllabus aims to:

  • develop candidates’ understanding of drama through practical and theoretical study
  • enable candidates to understand the role of actor, director and designer in creating a piece of theatre
  • develop candidates’ acting skills, both individually and in groups
  • enable candidates to develop their skills in devising original drama
  • help candidates communicate feelings and ideas to an audience
  • foster understanding of the performance process and enable candidates to evaluate the various stages of that process
  • encourage enjoyment of drama.

Course Content

Component 1 – Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes

The questions on this paper relate to pre-release material which is sent to Centres in advance of the examination. This material consists of three stimuli and an extended extract from a play (or an abridged version of an entire play). Candidates devise a piece of drama based on one of the three stimuli and study the extract from the play.

The questions on the paper will require candidates to have engaged with the pre-release material from the perspective of actor, director and designer.

The question paper is structured as follows:

  • Section A (30 marks) Candidates answer 6–8 short-answer questions on the extract from the play (20 marks) and 2–4 questions on the drama devised from their chosen stimulus (10 marks).
  • Section B (25 marks) Candidates answer one longer-answer question from a choice of three on the extract from the play.
  • Section C (25 marks) Candidates answer one longer-answer question from a choice of three on the drama devised from their chosen stimulus.

Externally assessed.  40%

Component 2 Coursework 

Candidates submit three pieces of practical work.

  • One individual piece (3–5 minutes): one performance of an extract from a play.
  • Two group pieces (maximum 15 minutes each): one performance of an extract from a play and one original devised piece.


AO1: Understanding repertoire

Candidates will be assessed on their ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the possibilities

of repertoire, and how to interpret and realise it in a live performance.

AO2: Devising

Candidates will be assessed on their ability to devise dramatic material and reflect on its effectiveness.

AO3: Acting skills

Candidates will be assessed on their acting skills and their ability to communicate effectively to an audience.

Careers and Progression

Candidates who are awarded grades C to A* in Cambridge IGCSE Drama are well prepared to follow courses leading to AS and A Level Drama, or the equivalent.

Most university degrees are modular and Drama is widely offered. Students following this course will be well prepared to lead seminars and host public speaking. These are communication and confidence skills very necessary in our future leading professionals.


For more information, contact Mrs Nicholls