Key Stage 3

In Years 7,8 and 9 students follow a creative and innovative programme which combines building the skills as Theatre Makers and performers with powerful knowledge of the history, traditions, and stylistic features of Theatre. The key topics and explored in Key Stage 3 Drama are:

  • Theatre Styles- Verbatim and Documentary
  •  Musical Theatre
  •  Classical Theatre
  •  Contemporary Theatre
  •  Careers and Roles in the Theatre
  • Scripted Play and Performance
  • Devising Drama

Throughout the three years of study students will also learn the key skills of the performer. Using your voice, facial expressions, body and movement to create character, mood and atmosphere. Each year the topics and styles explored are sequenced to allow students to build their skills set and improve their ability as performers. As students build this powerful knowledge and skill into year 9 they learn to become critics of Theatre and are able to review and respond to the Theatre they create and see.

Key Stage 4

Exam Board: AQA

Qualification: AQA GCSE (9-1) in Drama

This Qualification consists of three components of study:

Comp 1- Understanding Drama- 40%

Comp 2- Devising Drama- 40%

Comp 3- Text in Practice- 20%

GCSE Drama combines the disciplines of Performance and Theatre Making, where students develop their skills in acting, design, analysis and evaluation through combined explorative units of work. Whether students are actors, directors or designers, they have the opportunity to learn about the history and traditions of Theatre, become critics the Theatre that they create and see, create original Drama for Live Audiences .

Key Stage 5

Exam Board- Edexcel

Qualification: Edexcel Certificate in Performing Arts

The Certificate offers an introduction to the performing arts vocational sector through applied learning. For learners for whom an element of performing arts would be complementary, the qualification supports progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other vocational or general qualifications.

The Qualification consists of Mandatory Units:

  • Investigating practitioners work
  • Developing skills and techniques for live performance

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. All the content of this qualification is mandatory, with two units which focus on:

• practical skills and techniques in a range of performing arts disciplines

• critical analysis skills and contextual understanding of practitioners work.

 Learners will gain a taste and an appreciation of performing arts, through knowledge and experience of the performance process. Learners will also have the opportunity to develop a range of skills, techniques and personal attributes which will be valuable across all areas of future study and work.