In Year 9 students follow programme of study that aims to introduce fundamental Drama skills, strategies and techniques through exciting and engaging lessons that will provide a solid foundation for all learners including those who opt to continue to study Drama beyond Year 9. Students will be encouraged to create, perform and respond to drama and will have the opportunity to improvise and work with scripts.
KEY STAGE 4
BTEC Level 2 Award in Performing Arts (Drama Pathway)
The course offers learners the opportunity to develop their ability to use Drama strategies to explore a variety of themes and issues. Learners will also work with a range of scripts to improve their ability to communicate with an audience using a wide scope of Drama techniques.
During Year 10 learners will explore several plays and performance styles. They will investigate, analyse, and evaluate the work of professional performers and theatre makers through research and practical workshops. Learners will be assessed on an extended piece of writing which usually takes the form of a power point presentation.
During the first term of Year 11 learners will focus on developing their ability to perform from scripts and they will be assessed on their ability to create and sustain credible and engaging characters either on their own or as part of a group.
The final component of the course challenges learners to create and perform an original piece of drama as part of a small group. Learners will be assessed on three written tasks and the final performance of the piece.
Useful Subject & Revision Websites
2018 – 81% pass rate in Unit 1 Performance Exam.
KEY STAGE 5
Edexcel Drama and Theatre
Minimum GCSE grade 4+ in Drama, English or English literature.
The A-Level Drama and Theatre course combines the activities of investigating the work of major practitioners, exploring plays and evaluating live theatre. The course is designed to enable students to acquire a knowledge and understanding of the language of Drama and theatre as well as to develop their performing and communication skills.
Useful Subject and Revision Websites
100% pass rate in 2018
Contribution to SMSC
Drama students experience a rich curriculum of SMSC through active learning and deep thinking. Students are encouraged to empathise with others, investigate the world around us, build confidence in their own abilities and take pride in their own work.