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Drama & Performing arts


Head of Drama - Miss J Shaw


Subject Overview

Drama and Performing Arts is a broad, enriching and ambitious curriculum taught across Key Stage 3, 4 and 5. Drama allows students to express themselves in a variety of ways, whilst learning about the world around them. It gives students the ability to explore different perspectives and introduces students to different styles of theatre and theatre practitioners. Through engaging topics and thought-provoking scripts and stories, students can use their imagination to express and develop their creativity. Students will gain transferable skills to support them in life beyond drama thus providing students with a skillset for all pathways. The transferable skills include confidence, communication, cooperation, critical thinking, leadership and the ability to work as part of a team.

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Key Stage 3 Overview

At Key Stage 3 students focus on developing their knowledge of Drama techniques and skills. Students are taught how to engage imaginatively with a range of stimuli and topics to create pieces of theatre. Students also have the opportunity to explore different job roles in the Performing Arts industry such as costume, lighting and set design.


Key Stage 4 Overview

AQA GCSE Drama: Year 10 and 1


  • Component 1: Understanding Drama (written exam)
  • Component 2: Devising Drama (devised practical performance and coursework)
  • Component 3: Texts in Practice (2 scripted performances)


BTECH Tech Award in Performing Arts Level 1 and Level 2: Year 10 and 11

BTEC Performing Arts Level 1/Level 2

  • Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts (performance, presentation, coursework)
  • Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts (performance, presentation, coursework)
  • Component 3: Responding to a Brief (performance, presentation, coursework)

 Key Stage 5 Overview

Year 12 and 13, Edexcel A Level Drama and Theatre Studies

A Level Drama and Theatre Studies Specification

  • Component 1: Devising (devised performance and coursework)
  • Component 2: Text in Performance (scripted performance)
  • Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (written exam)


Year 12 and 13 Performing Arts Units

BTEC Performing Arts Double Award Level 3

  • Storytelling
  • Investigating Practitioners' Work
  • Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
  • Group Performance Workshop
  • Performing Arts in the Community
  • Individual Performance Commission
  • Final Live Performance to an audience