‘Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it.’

Augustus Boal

Drama and Performing Arts Subject Overview

Drama and Performing Arts has the capacity to maintain and stimulate lasting pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment in the world. We aim to create an atmosphere where pupils wish to learn, so that they come to enjoy Drama, because they are active participants in it, and where staff enjoy teaching, so they give of their very best. This will enable each pupil to achieve their potential in a variety of situations, using all available resources appropriately, to ensure the highest level of achievement for each pupil.

We follow the AQA Drama specification. Here is the link: - http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/drama/specifications/AQA-8261-SP-2016.PDF

Year 10 Topics Detail

Component 1

Understanding drama.

Study of one set play from a choice of six.Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers. Students take prepared notes into the written examination.

Component 3

Texts in Practice

Performance of an extract from the studied play in order to develop key practical skills for this component (students may contribute as performer or designer).

Component 2

Devising Drama

Students will create a performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer or designer).

They will then write an analysis and evaluation of their own work.

Year 11 Topics  

Component 3

Texts in Practice

Performance of two extracts from a different play than that studied in Component 1 (students may contribute as performer or designer).

Component 1

Understanding drama.

Exam Preparation: Study of a play from a choice of six.Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers. Students take prepared notes into the written examination.

Assessment Details

Component 1: Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre.

Written exam: 1 hour and 45 minutes (Open book- notes can be taken in to the examination)

80 marks

40 % of GCSE

Component 2: Devising

Component 2:)Process of creatingdevised drama.

Controlled Assessment: This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.

80 marks

40 % of GCSE

Component 3: Texts in practice (practical) 3: Texts in

Performance examination of two extracts: This component is marked by an external AQA examiner.

40 marks in total

20 % of GCSE

Drama Club for Key Stage 3 students.

Includes general drama activities but is mainly focused on rehearsing for school productions. We will meet on Wednesdays from September.

Technical club:

For students interested in lights, sound, or stage management, there is a session on Tuesday evenings. Students will then be able to help or even run these areas for the numerous shows.