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Curriculum: Drama Key Stage 4

Drama is a popular and successful GCSE subject and will add to students' overall confidence and ability to work in teams and to perform, in a variety of contexts.

Drama is all about understanding what it is like to put yourself in somebody else’s shoes. You will play many parts in different imaginary situations. You will be asked to use both improvisation and script work in order to explore current issues and to create a working environment based on mutual trust and co- operation. It is important to develop good social skills as well as creative performance skills. You will develop a range of theatrical skills and there will be the opportunity to see professional theatre both in and outside school. The Drama specification is designed to give learners a broad and balanced experience of drama.  The specification is designed to integrate knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and performed across a range of dramatic activities. 
GCSE Drama comprises of three components: 

Component 1 –  Understanding Drama - Year 11. This is a written examination which covers theatre roles and terminology, a study of a set play and analysis and evaluation of a given aspect of a live theatre production seen during the course.

Component 2 – Devising Drama. Practical and Log Book. Year 10/11. Learners are assessed on either acting or design having participated in the creation, development and performance of a piece of devised theatre in response to a selection of stimuli. 

Component 3 – Texts in Practice. Practical. Year 11. Learners are assessed on either acting or design. Learners study two extracts from the same play and then participate in one performance using sections of text from both extracts.

For additional information relating to the Drama curriculum at Key Stage 4 please email

A curriculum overview calendar for Years 7-11 Drama is available here 

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