Curriculum - Drama

Y10Devised 'Childhood'Scripted PerormancesScripted PerormancesTheatre TripPhysical TheatreImprovisation
Y11ImprovisationImpro: Fairy TalesModerationWritten Paper
Y12Live ProductionsSet TextScripted PerormancesScripted PerormancesWritten Paper
Y13Our Country's GoodServant to Two MastersDevisedDevisedWritten Paper


What course do we follow?


What will I learn?

This is a lively and demanding course which combines practical and written work. Apart from developing their knowledge of Drama and the Theatre, pupils gain increased confidence in communication skills and they develop important social skills.

GCSE Drama encourages pupils to explore and engage in a whole range of creative and stimulating activities and develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.

Pupils can develop an insight into an understanding of a whole range of activities. They are encouraged to experiment in a safe, supportive environment and to meet the challenge of performance. Pupils will be given the opportunity to perform at Drama Evenings in Year 10 and 11 and visit the theatre as part of their course.

How will I be assessed?

Component 1: Understanding Drama

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
  • Study of one play from a choice of six
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

Component 2: Devising Drama (practical)

  • Process of creating devised drama
  • Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer or designer)
  • Analysis and evaluation of own work

Devising log (60 marks)
Devising performance (20 marks)
80 marks in total
40% of GCSE
This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.

Component 3: Texts in practice (practical)

  • Performance of two extracts from one play, (students can contribute as performer or designer).
  • Free choice of play but must be contrast with set play chosen for Component 1.
How will I be assessed?

Performance of Extract 1 (25 marks) and Extract 2 (25 marks)
50 marks in total
20% of GCSE
This component is marked by AQA.
Drama relies on group work and pupils are expected to have an excellent attendance record and a positive attitude towards working with other pupils.

What resources are used?

Key material on AQA website and textbook (AQA GCSE Drama, Annie Fox, Illuminate Publishers) VLE: past papers, resources for written and practical elements of the course. Links to website for live productions.

How will it help me in the future?

GCSE Drama provides a strong and appropriate foundation for further progression to Drama courses, including A level Drama and Theatre Studies. The nature of the course means the pupils are encouraged to work imaginatively and creatively in groups: generating, developing and communicating ideas. These are skills that are required in everyday life and in most career routes. GCSE Drama is useful preparation for Further Education and the workplace.

Pupils who have studied Drama have gone on to University to study  a range of courses, including Drama, English, Journalism, History and Media Studies. Some pupils have gone on the stage and television work after further training at Drama schools such as Lipa and Rada.

GCE A Level Theatre Studies

This lively and demanding course involves an interesting mixture of theory and practice. Its aim is to encourage in pupils the development of appropriate theatre skills; extend the pupils’ knowledge and understanding of theatre; foster in pupils a critical and sensitive response to the complexities of theatre.

AS Unit 1

· You will study a play and work on ways of staging it. In particular, you will consider how you would perform the various roles or how you would direct the play to create an effective performance for an audience. You will learn the principles of set design and the technical aspects of theatre such as sound and lighting.

· You will develop your own practical skills. Much of the teaching is practically based so that pupils practise various acting and performance techniques and work on other practical elements of drama such as operating lighting systems.

A2 Unit 2

· You will study two more plays, one which will have been written pre-twentieth century. You will learn about the contextual background to the pre-twentieth century play and work on ways of interpreting this play on stage. You will work on ways of staging the contemporary play.

· Practical work at A2 focuses on developing your skills and creating your own devised piece of theatre.

Entrance Requirements?

Although it is not necessary that pupils have studied GCSE Drama, it is essential that pupils demonstrate an interest and enthusiasm for drama and theatre. It is advisable for students to have A-C grades in English as there is a significant amount of written work, including analysis of plays and performance in the course.

How will I Be Assessed?

This specification encourages students to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of practical theatre and plays. Assessment is both written (60%) and practical (40%).



Live Theatre Production seen and prescribed play

1 hour 30 minutes written examination (100 marks)

Section A – Candidates must answer one question from a choice of four, which requires a personal response to a performance seen during the course. Where it is possible, they should have studied the text and the background to the play.

Section B – Candidates must choose one of two questions on a set text. They need to be able to write about how they would interpret this text on stage.


Presentation of an extract from a play

This is a practical unit. It also includes assessment of a written portfolio and marks are given for preparation work. Students work in groups of 2 to 8 to protest an extract from a published play of their choice. They must use the working methods of a practitioner to inform their work. They are assessed for one of the following skills: acting, design (costume, masks, set), or technical elements (lighting and/or sound) or directing (80 marks)



Further prescribed plays including Pre-Twentieth Century

2 hour written paper (100 marks)

Candidates are required to answer two questions each on a separate text, one of which must be pre-twentieth century. Candidates will need to be aware of the social, historical and cultural contexts of their chosen plays.

Section A – Pre-Twentieth century. Candidates must answer one question from a choice of two on their chosen set text. They should be able to write about their interpretation of the text from a performance point of view.

Section B – The Twentieth Century or Contemporary Drama. This question is based on a short extract from the chosen play for which the candidate must offer suggestions for a complete stage realisation.


Presentation of Devised Drama (practical assessment (80 marks)

This is a practical unit. It also includes assessment of a written portfolio and marks are given for preparation work. Students work in groups of 2 to 8 to produce a piece of devised drama in a theatrical style of their choice. They are assessed for one of the following skills: acting design (costume, masks, set), or technical elements (lighting and/or sound) or directing. Anything Else I Need To Know?

Critical appreciation of live theatre is an integral part of the course. Pupils will be required to see a minimum of three plays during each year. The nature of the course means that students must have excellent attendance and punctuality. Pupils who have taken Theatre Studies have gone on to University to study a range of courses, including; Drama, English, Journalism, History, P.E., Media Studies. A-level Theatre Studies develops not only a knowledge and experience of theatre but communication skills essential for life.