Department staff:

Ms B Pelleymounter & Ms C Hight: Joint Subject Leader


Key Stage 3:

Overview of the course

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, students will be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to create, perform and evaluate within Drama. Students will acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and practical skills.  As part of their work, students will be taught how to create original characters, devise pieces, work effectively as a team and sensitively evaluate their own work and the work of others.


What will I learn?


·      I will stay focused throughout rehearsal and suggest some ideas to develop the work and roles

·      I will create a well developed character with a view point different from my own and shape work into a satisfactory dramatic structure.



·    I will speak clearly and use movement and gesture to show a character.

·    I will stay in role on stage and provide reasonable support for others in performance.

·    I will convey ideas to an audience through my stage work.

·    I have good voice skills and can perform with confidence and originality.


·      I will evaluate how ideas have been evaluated through the use of performance skills, drama techniques and justify their effect.

·      I will regularly use drama vocabulary when discussing the drama that I have seen.

·      I will identify strengths and weaknesses in both my work and that of others


What will I do?

·      Develop a wide range of practical skills required for creating an entertaining and moving piece of Drama;

·      Use physical and vocal skills to create characters that are different from themselves;

·      Develop effective team work skills

·      Create, perform and evaluate

·      Learn and use technical terms for physical and vocal acting skills.

·      Practically explore a range of; plays, acting styles and genres.

Year 9 Final Exam

·      You will be required to create and devise a piece of Drama using a variety of skills and techniques. The performance will be based on a stimulus provided by the teacher.

·      You will be marked on your ability to apply practical skills to communicate in performance.

·      You will evaluate the ways that ideas are presented, how plots are developed and how characters are portrayed.


Key Stage 4:

GCSE Drama

Overview of the course

Drama is a creative and practical subject. Your course is divided into three components.

Component 1– You will create and devise a piece of drama in groups. You will get a mark for the performance and a mark for a written portfolio of evidence.

Component 2 – You will study a play and take part in two performances from two extracts from the text. You can work as a performer or a designer.

Component 3 – This is a written exam. You will write about your experience of preparing and performing a script. You will then analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance.

You will learn how to make successful theatre, practise acting skills and develop a range of theatre techniques. You will be marked in performances of scripts and your original group devised performances. At the end of the course you will sit an exam in which you will explain, analyse and evaluate the work you have done.

Assessment details

60% Controlled Assessment        40% Written Examination

Examination board: OCR Drama GCSE –  Begins Sept 2016

Useful Subject Links:

OCR                                       http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-drama-j316-from-2016/

National Drama                 http://www.nationaldrama.org.uk/

The Stage                            https://www.thestage.co.uk/

BBC Bitesize                       http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zbckjxs

National Theatre              http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/

York Theatre Royal           https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/

Pilot Theatre                      http://pilot-theatre.net/?idno=4

Kneehigh                             http://www.kneehigh.co.uk/