• Drama 2016



 The course in KS 3 combines the studying of drama with the learning of subject specific skills. Students will be given the opportunity to develop their role-play skills, use of language, to use movement and space in a creative context and to work co-operatively as part of a group. They will experience and explore a variety of exciting and thought provoking issues, themes and texts. The development of style, structure and content becomes increasingly complex as students progress.

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This new syllabus was introduced last year. As with all GCSE courses, they look quite complicated on the surface. Here is a simple overview which I hope will help you in your decision making. 

The GCSE is broken down into three components.

For component one, which is worth 40% of your GCSE, you work with a small group of students to devise a piece of theatre as a performer. This will be examined by me. You will complete a written portfolio which details your journey in creating this piece of work. Once we have completed the exam I will send your written work and a video of your practical to the exam board for them to moderate the marks I have given you.

In component two, which is worth 20% of your GCSE, you will perform into extracts from a play. We have a pretty wide choice of plays to choose from and you could perform in a large group or with one other person. This exam which will normally take place in year 11 will be examined by a visiting examiner.

Component three is a written exam and is worth 40%. This exam will take one hour and thirty minutes.  The play the exam is based on is An Inspector Calls which you will know well. The questions are intended to check how much you know about the play from an actor, director and designer’s point of view. All questions expect you to answer from a How and Why point of view.

There are also two questions about a play you have been to see as a drama group.  We will go to the theatre twice. The question might look like this: Analyse how stage space was used to engage the audience during the opening moments of the performance.

Everything we do in class will help you prepare for the practical and written components of the examination. Be committed to performing and give your best with energy focus and enthusiasm

Further information regarding the GCSE course can be accessed by clicking here


AS Level Drama and Theatre Studies is a stand-alone qualification in its own right.  It also contributes to the first 50% towards the full Advanced (A Level) qualification.

The course is designed to allow young people to develop as confident and independent interpreters of drama and theatre.  The course teaches students to respond critically and sensitively to a range of drama texts and to theatre in performance.  Students will assimilate theatrical concepts through practical and analytical exploration of dramatic styles and theatrical methods.  Students will be expected to participate within practical drama and theatre projects, acquiring practical theatrical skills such as acting techniques, voice improvisation, physical theatre, design skills etc.

The A2 course is designed to build upon the skills and understanding students developed during their AS course.  There will be a discernible progression in terms of extending and intensifying your knowledge and experience of theatre.  There will be a greater emphasis on performing from a text and the development of your acting and directional skills.

To access the AQA specification, please click here

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All homework tasks for Drama at Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 can be accessed on Show My Homework