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Mr A Betts (Subject Leader), Miss A Jowett

Key Stage 3

Throughout Years 7, 8 and 9, students are assessed in the three key skills:

Performing, Devising, Evaluating


There are eights units across the three years:


D1: The Pied Piper

D2: Stereotypes

D3: The Long Road

D4: Relationships

D5: Horror

D6: Response to Stimulus

D7: Response to Text

D8: Soap Opera


Assessment at Key Stage Three

All three key areas are assessed in each unit and are weighted in a way which reflects the GCSE requirements:

Performing - 30%

Devising - 30%


Evaluating - 40%
Key Stage 4

We follow the GCSE Music course AQA 8261.


Understanding Drama (40%)

Students will complete a 1 hour 45 minutes written exam in three sections:

Section A - knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre (multiple choice)

Section B - four questions on a given extract from a set play studied in class

Section C - analysis  and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers


Devising Drama (40%)

Students will devise their own piece of drama which is performed to an audience. They will also complete a devising log which contributes to the mark for this unit.


Texts in Practice (20%)

Students will perform two extracts from one play to a visiting examiner from AQA.


Useful websites

and resources

GCSE Specification

Our Department Website

Possible areas of future Studies

A-Level Drama and Theatre


Possible future careers

Jobs directly related to drama include:

  • Actor
  • Community arts worker
  • Drama Therapist
  • Director
  • Theatre Designer
  • Producer
  • Stage Manager


Jobs indirectly related to drama include:

  • Arts administrator
  • Broadcast presenter
  • Teacher/lecturer


Studying Drama shows future employers that can work well on you own and in a team, you are confident, you can present, etc.