Drama is a popular subject for both Key Stage 3 and 4 students, as we study a wide range of strategies, mediums and elements of Drama and Theatre, making sure our self-built curriculum is diverse and exciting at all times. Drama is seen as a key qualification for an employer as it shows some excellent life skills including confidence in speaking to others, group work, communication and persistence.

KS3 Summary (Year 7 and 8)

All students receive 2 x 1hr lessons over a 2-week timetable. Schemes of work are most commonly completed over one half term (average 6 weeks). 

Topics include: Semiotics, mime, Brecht, physical theatre, World War One, Homelessness and Commedia Dell’Arte.

KS4 Summary (Year 9, 10 and 11)

KS4 is currently in a position of transition due to the recent changes in the syllabuses provided by the exam boards.

The current Year 11 students will be the last year group to finish the current specification for Edexcel Drama. Those who choose Drama as an option receive 4 x 1hr lessons over a 2-week timetable.

Edexcel GCSE Drama required the students to complete three Units of work.

Unit 1: 6 Hour Practical examination (issues based) done in school and marked by the teacher assessor. Followed by a 2000 word (max) essay detailing the work completed.

Unit 2: 6 Hour Practical examination (text based) done in school and marked by the teacher assessor. Followed by a 1000 word (max) assessment detailing the work completed, as well as a 2000 word (max) assessment on a piece of live theatre they have seen.

Unit 3: Final performance examination assessed by an external examiner in the May of Year 11. This pulls together all of their knowledge and skills into one final performance.                   



Our current Year 9 and 10 students will be developing their skills and knowledge of Drama through the new Edexcel syllabus. They will receive 5 lessons over a fortnight due to the changes in the option process.

GCSE Drama demands a greater level of creative expression, especially in group work activities.  The students will become more aware of how Drama is effectively created and presented, and will learn the vocabulary that you need to talk about the drama process.

The students will be involved in the creating, improvising, presenting and evaluating of your own work and that of others. You will also be required to study scripts and devise your own work also.

Their practical work will be done in groups, pairs and as a whole class and your written work will be completed under controlled assessment conditions.

Assessment requirements:

Qualification:  Drama   Edexcel says:

Practical focus – this new qualification focuses on the practical exploration of performance texts. The performance text that will be studied for the examination will require students to articulate how they would perform in certain roles, and direct and design for certain extracts, putting practical work at the heart of the qualification.

Engaging prescribed texts – we have selected a list of performance texts that will engage students and will inspire teachers and students. Our selection ensures that texts which have been popular in the past are still available to centres for performance in the coursework components.

Free choice of performance texts – this new qualification will continue to allow you the freedom to choose performance texts that will best suit your students, their ability to access the work, their interests and their performance skills.

Clear and straightforward question papers – we have focused on ensuring that our question papers are clear and accessible for students and that mark schemes are straightforward and make the requirements clear.

Performance and design skills – we will continue to assess student’s performance and design skills through visiting examiners ensuring students skills are assessed in a live context.

Course components.

Component 1: Devising (*Component code: 1DR0/01)

Coursework  40% of the qualification – 60 marks

Content overview

  • Create and develop a devised piece from stimulus (free choice for centre).
  • Performance of this devised piece or design realisation for this performance.
  • Analyse and evaluate the devising process and performance.
  • Performer or designer routes available.

Component 2: Performance from Text- 20%.(Component code: 1DR0/02) 

Content overview Students will either perform in and/or design for two key extracts from a performance text. Centre choice of performance text. Performer or designer routes available.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (*Paper code: 1DR0/03)

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes. 40% of the qualification – 60 marks.

 Content overview

  • Practical exploration and study of one complete performance text
  • Choice of eight performance texts
  • Live theatre evaluation – free choice of production.

Department Staff

Mr A Wing (Teacher of Drama)


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Trips are made to the theatre to help develop the students' understanding of theatre and to see Theatre makers in practice.


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