Performing arts is a broad curriculum area that allows students’ personal growth within a successful and ever-growing industry. The course delivers a range of skills and experiences connected to developing skills for performance, rehearsing, performing and production. Students are also encouraged to support their own learning with varied extracurricular activities such as Choir, joining the School Play team and are recommended to take advantage of live theatre events available in the local area.


Subject Teacher: 
Mrs Dare
Mr Brown

Curriculum Outline

Key Stage 3: 
In Key Stage 3 our course comprises of drama and music and focuses on building core skills, listening, composing, devising character, staying in role, group skills and performing.
Students study schemes of work that will develop their rehearsal skills, their ability to  communicate with an audience and performance techniques. They will experience projects which deal with different practitioners and styles within the fields of theatre and music. The curriculum delivery seeks to prepare our students for progression on to one of the Creative and Performing Arts Faculty subjects at Key Stage 4.

Key Stage 4:
At Key Stage 4 we deliver the AQA GCSE in Drama. Over the course students study three units and are encouraged to explore their own dramatic development. For students interested in a career in the performance industry, this course offers a wide range of skills to allow students to move forward within that ambition. The focus of the qualification is on the learner’s ability and desire to perform and evaluate performance.

This qualification aims to: 

  • focus on the study of the performance industry and the development of drama and theatre.
  • offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a significant core of knowledge and theoretical content with broad-ranging applicability.
  • provide opportunities to acquire a number of practical and technical skills.

The objectives of this qualification are to help learners to: 

  • acquire and develop fundamental practical and evaluative skills.
  • focus on performance ability by developing critical awareness.
  • provide an opportunity to develop existing skills relating to the performance industry.

Over the duration of the course we plan to take students on a number of trips to local and West End theatres and subject related locations.

The course comprises of three components:

  • Component 1: Understanding of Drama and Theatre (written examination)
    • Section A: Understanding of Theatre
    • Section B: Study of a set text.
    • Section C: The evaluation of a live performance
  • Component 2: Devised Piece (internally assessed performance and written evaluation)
  • Component 3: Scripted Piece (externally assessed performance)

Key Stage Taught (Yes / No)
Key Stage 3 Yes
Key Stage 4 Yes
Key Stage 5 No

Examination Information
Official name of course Qualification Level Exam Board
Drama GCSE AQA