Key Stage 3
Drama is taught twice a fortnight to all of Key Stage 3 in specialised teaching spaces. Lessons are structured to develop skills in creating,
performing and responding and Key Skills in communicating, working with others and problem solving.
Key Stage 4
Over the two years of study, pupils will be assessed under three units of work.
Pupils are given a stimulus set by the exam board and are given a series of lessons to create a group performance. Through-out this devising process pupils create a written portfolio and evaluate their own work. The portfolio is structured in three sections;
Section 1 – Research and initial ideas.
Section 2 – Creating and developing the drama, including analysing and evaluating the work in progress.
Section 3 – An evaluation of the final piece of devised drama.
This will start in Year 10.
Presenting and performing texts
Pupils learn and perform two contrasting sections from one text in front of an external examiner. Whilst in the rehearsal pupils will complete a pro forma describing their work. This exam will be in Year 11 from February – May.
Performance and response
The written examination is broken down into two sections;
Section A is based on a set text from the exam board (Blood Brothers) with a series of questions based around the play and practical/directorial ideas surrounding it.
Section B consists of a live performance theatre review.
The exam will be at the end of Year 11.
Examination Board: OCR
Percentage of assessment/coursework 100%
60% is ‘non-exam’ assessment. (Devising drama/Presenting and performing play texts.)
40% is a written exam. 1 hour 30 minutes.
Percentage of Examination: 40%
You could go on to take an AS level in Drama and Theatre Studies, or a Vocational A Level in Performing Arts or a BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in Performing Arts or Performing Design and Technology.
You might wish to go into a job where it is useful to have had experience of Drama, or where you will need to use some of the skills developed during this course. These might include careers in such fields as retail, travel and tourism, sales and marketing or any career that involves meeting people face to face. The study of Drama can help you develop transferable skills which you can take into any career or job.
‘’It’s different to other lessons as you have the freedom to create work that you enjoy and you learn many skills which help your confidence.’’– Tori Vipond