Key Stage 3

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Students are introduced to key Drama skills which are used to explore a range of Strategies, Elements and Mediums of drama. In addition, themes and topics are explored ranging from Theatre History, Darkwood Manor, Melodrama, Sweeney Todd, Devised Drama and Improvisations. As part of the course students are expected to complete evaluations on their performance work and generate targets for development through lesson objectives in the three key skills areas (Making, Performing and Responding) to track their own progress. The Drama department offers opportunities for students to improve their confidence, work with different people, and most importantly, enjoy themselves, through the medium of performance. Students will also have opportunity for theatre visits, seeing live performances in and out of school, and partake in extra-curricular activities.

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In Year 8 students are able to build on the skills previously learnt in Year 7 and apply them within new topics such as Trestle Masks and Commedia dell’Arte, creating Silent Movies, learning about stage combat through studying Romeo and Juliet and meddling with creativity through the act of Physical Theatre. Students will be required to work with diverse texts as well as writing their own play scripts for performance. Students will be required to evaluate their own work and the work of others in detail, using peer assessment record sheets and achieve lesson objectives to support and challenge progress. Students have opportunity for theatre visits and partake in all extra-curricular activities.


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During Year 9 students continue to develop their understanding of the three core areas of Drama; Strategies, Elements and Mediums. Students will be challenged, motivated and engaged within lessons from completing schemes of work such as Fame, learning in detail about play texts within ‘Bouncers’, ‘Heroin Lies’ and ‘The Woman in Black’, developing practical skills in Technical Theatre, and extending their understanding of word-play and literacy through Comedy. As part of the course students are expected to complete evaluations on their performance work and generate targets for development through lesson objectives in the three key skills areas (Making, Performing and Responding) to track progress. Throughout the year, students will have increased opportunities to become independent learners; challenging the concepts of performance and evaluation. Students gain a variety of transferable skills which if they choose, can be developed at KS4.

Key Stage 4

GCSE DRAMA 2016-18 - YEAR 10 & YEAR 11

Course Title

GCSE Drama

Examination Board

Edexcel (Pearson)





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Summary of course content

Component 1 Devising 40%

  • Create and develop a devised piece from a stimulus
  • Performance of the devised piece
  • Analysis and evaluation of the devising process

Two parts to the assessment:

  1. A devised performance
  2. A portfolio covering the creative process.

Assessed by your teacher

Component 2: Performance from Text   20%

  • Performance of two key extracts from a performance text in solo and group work.

Assessed by an external examiner.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice 40% 

  • Practical exploration and study of one complete performance text.
  • Live theatre evaluation.

Two parts to the assessment:

Section A: Bringing Texts to Life- one question broken into 6 parts based on one extract from the chosen performance text.

Section B: Two questions analysing and evaluating a live theatre performance.

Assessed through a written exam of 1 hr 30 minutes. 

How will I be assessed?

Assessed through both practical and written tasks both internally and externally with a written exam at the end of yr11.

What type of activities take place in lessons?

Predominantly practical tasks will shape the structure of activities in lessons and feed into written tasks.

Activities in lesson time will include:

  • The shaping and devising of drama, using a variety of stimulus.
  • The development of acting skills both in group and individual tasks
  • The exploration of a variety of play texts both from the perspective of a performer and a director.
  • The study of a whole play exploring it from the perspective of a performer, designer and director.

Students will be expected work individually and in groups.

What type of homework tasks will be set?

Reflective and evaluative writing tasks based on practical work in the lesson.

Learning lines for performance.

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How will this help students in the future?

It will build your confidence, allow you to work independently and in groups and will give you fantastic transferable skills. If you want to take Drama beyond GCSE you have a variety of different options:

  • AS or A level in Drama and Theatre Studies.
  • A Vocational A level in Performing Arts.
  • BTEC Certificate or Diploma in Performing Arts
  • Performance Design and Technology.
  • Study Drama at University or at Drama School.

Careers: Actor, Director, Dramaturg, Writer, Producer, Events manager, Teacher, journalist and any profession requiring public speaking!

How will this course build on Key Stage 3?

It will deepen students understanding of making, performing and responding to drama and theatre. It will also build on students ability to recognise and understand the roles and responsibilities of a performer, designer and director; understanding how performance texts can be interpreted and staged.

What Skills will I develop?

Creativity - The ability to take a text and have a clear vision of how it will look on the stage from the perspective of a performer, designer and director.

Teamwork - Work effectively as part of a team, trust, active listening and negotiation.

Communication - Non-verbal and verbal communication, reasoning and collaborative problem solving. Communication with audience as a performer and as a director.