Key Stage 3

Programme of Study

We run a diverse and exciting programme of study within the drama department and students will develop skills not only in performance but in life skills such as teamwork and confidence.

Over the two years, the students will study the following:

  • Basic drama skills
  • Pantomime
  • Fairytales
  • Ernie's Incredible Illucinations
  • Ghosts
  • Human Rights
  • Pandoras box
  • Advertising
  • Evacuees
  • Melodrama
  • Conflict
  • Tension
  • Dramatic Irony


Learning/Teaching Approach

Students will develop skills:

  • Role Play
  • Narration
  • Marking the Moment
  • Mime
  • Still Image
  • Cross Cutting
  • Thought tracking
  • Team work
  • Confidence



Students will be assessed in a range of skills:
Assessment will be by live performance work and evaluation of own and others skills.

Key Stage 4



Exam Board and Syllabus

Edexcel 2DR01

Programme of Study

Component 1: Devising. Students produce a series of practical responses leading to a written portfolio (2000 words), and final performance.

  1. Students respond to initial stimulus texts, photos, music.
  2. Students develop a project performance which is filmed and internally moderated.
  3. Students evaluate group outcomes and write their portfolio in school under controlled assessment.

Component 2: Performance of a text. This is a group performance which is taken from Mark Wheeler plays such as Too Much Punch for Judy and Hard to Swallow. Pupils work in small groups or with a partner to stage two extracts of a play which is an exam performance in the studio with costume and lights. Pupils perform for a 15 minute performance. Externally marked by an examiner in year 11.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice. This is a written paper of 1 Hour 30 minutes, taken at the end of year 11. Pupils will study one complete performance text, there is a choice of text at present we are using An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestley as pupils also study this in English. Pupils also need to attend Theatre Trips which are compulsory to help them answer section A of the exam paper which is the live theatre evaluation question. We try to see such plays as Woman in Black, 1984, Blood Brothers.

Learning/Teaching Approach

You will be required to undertake detailed written work. You will be working with groups of people (not always your friends).


Component 1 - 40% of the course is teacher assessed and moderated by the exam board.

Component 2 - 20% of the course this is externally examined through a performance for an examiner.

Component 3 – 40% of the course this is the written exam.

There is 50% marks awarded for practical and 50% for written/exam.

What it leads to

The course is not only suitable for a future in the Arts. Students seeking a career in any area which involves the need for confidence before others and strong group skills would benefit (e.g. Business, Law and Social Work).

Additional Points

Students should be aware of the following when considering this course:
You will be expected to attend theatre trips as part of your course.
You will be constantly performing in front of an audience.

Tier of Entry

Single Tier.