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Key Stage 3

  • The Key Stage 3 curriculum covers a range of devising, performing, knowledge and evaluation assessments throughout both years that focus on key skills, while studying stimulating topics. Pupils will develop their strengths in these areas each term.
  • Assessments are a mixture of practical and written tasks, the latter completed primarily for homework. These tasks are prepared for over a number of lessons, enabling students to develop vital skills required for success at GCSE level and in other subjects. Students are made aware of what they are being assessed on and how, prior to any assessment preparation taking place.
  • These assessments are based on the four Assessment Objectives (AO’s) which have been devised in direct relation to the GCSE specifications, a copy of which can be found in your child’s Drama folder. They are AO1: Creating & developing drama, AO2: Performing live theatre, AO3: Knowledge & understanding and AO4: Analysis & evaluation.

Key Stage 4

  • At Key Stage 4, Drama is assessed by AQA. This consists of one written exam unit (Component 1) and two practical units (Component 2 – devised performance with coursework and Component 3 – a scripted play).
  • Throughout year 9, students are given a grounding in GCSE practical and theory, with units which link to all areas of the GCSE specification, further developing skills and content covered in Key Stage 3, as well as gaining new ones.
  • In year 10, students are introduced to the work of drama practitioners and begin direct preparation for year 11, studying a set text, currently Blood Brothers, for their written exam. They also complete trial runs of the practical units in preparation for year 11.
  • The final year of the course is spent preparing and completing all three components for the exam board.
  • Theatre trips are organised for throughout the course. Students are required to attend at least one of these for their written exam.

Key Stage 5

  • We use the AQA specification for KS5, which follows the same structure as KS4 with advanced content and allows for a natural progression. As such, it consists of one written exam unit (Component 1) and two practical units (Component 2 – devised performance with coursework and Component 3 – three scripts with coursework).
  • Year 12 is used to facilitate the leap from GCSE to A level, especially in terms of knowledge and understanding. Students study the set texts for their written exam (component 1), currently A Servant of Two Masters and Our Country’s Good, learn about a wider range of practitioners and styles and further develop their practical and theory skills in preparation for year 13.
  • The second year of this course is used to prepare and complete the three components.
  • Theatre trips are organised for throughout the course. Students are required to attend at least one of these for their written exam.

If you would like to discuss the Drama curriculum further, please contact the department lead for Performing Arts, Mr Hyde via email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To find out more about the GCSE and A level courses, you can again contact Mr Hyde or visit the AQA website: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama where copies of the specifications and mark schemes are available.

Drama Staff

Mr Hyde
Lead Learner of Drama

Mrs McMullon
Teacher of English & Drama

Performing Arts

Curriculum Plan

Linguistics and the Arts