Key Stage 3


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.


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.



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


Subject Leader:

Miss Read



Exam Specification:

Edexcel GCSE Drama 1DR0

QN Code:




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 (2000 word portfolio)

Component 2: Performance from Text   20%

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

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice 40%   

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


Component 1 – Teacher assessed

Two parts to the assessment:

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

Component 2 – Assessed by an external examiner

Component 3 – Assessed by a written examination of one hour thirty minutes at the end of Year 11

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.

What type of activities take place in lessons?

Predominantly practical tasks will shape the structure of activities in lessons and feed into written tasks.  You will be expected work individually and in groups

What type of homework tasks will be set?

Reflective and evaluative writing tasks. You may also be required to keep a working journal

How will it help me 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.

How will this course build on what I have studied in Year 9?

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

What skills will I develop?

Creativity – Ability and willingness to cope with uncertain situations and adapting to different personalities and cultures.

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

Communication – Non-verbal and verbal communication, reasoning and collaborative problem solving.