In drama we are committed to delivering engaging schemes of work, combining issue-based drama with creative units in a supportive and inclusive environment. The subject offers all students a positive and varied learning experience through both performing and technical pathways, enabling them to express themselves as both performers and designers.

Drama students are given the chance to explore a wide range of themes, building on opportunities to collaborate, devise, create, think analytically and evaluate effectively. Students work together to give constructive and respectful feedback to their peers, and gain the confidence to pursue their own ideas and reflect and refine their efforts. Students will also learn from peers and professionals through exciting and challenging performances, both in school and at the theatre.

In order to gain the most out of GCSE drama, students must enjoy performing, be willing to work as part of a team and understand the merits and necessity of rehearsal outside timetabled lesson time. Whatever the future holds, students of GCSE drama emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills, from communicating to problem solving, applicable both in further studies and in the workplace.


During years 7 and 8 students are offered the opportunity to study drama through rotation during the academic year.

We aim to teach students the skills and techniques necessary to create engaging and thought-provoking theatre and characters. Our objective is to educate them in how to develop their vocal and movement skills, alongside developing effective rehearsal techniques.

Our overall wish is to develop students’ acting and directing skills whilst progressing their confidence, communication skills and ability to work both as team members and leaders. We do this through a range of schemes of work which encourage students to engage with the world around them. This means we cover topics that are historical, political and social. In addition to this, we examine different genres and styles of theatre to broaden students’ knowledge and understanding.


AQA GSCE Drama 8261

Beyond Key Stage 3, students have the option to choose drama at GCSE. This course concentrates on exploring issues, ideas, texts and styles of theatre. Students are examined practically, through devising and script-based performances. Students are assessed on creating and developing ideas to communicate meaning through theatrical performances and applying a range of skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance, or the design of set, costume, props or sound for a live performance. Students explore society, culture and history through theoretical investigations of professionally published play texts.

GCSE specification at a glance

Component 1: Understanding drama

What’s assessed?

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
  • Study of one set play
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Open book
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of GCSE


  • Section A: multiple choice (four marks)
  • Section B: four questions on a given extract from the set play (46 marks)
  • Section C: one two-part question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (30 marks)

Component 2: Devising drama (practical)

What is assessed?

  • Process of creating devised drama
  • Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer)
  • Analysis and evaluation of own work

How it’s assessed

  • Devising log (60 marks)
  • Devised performance (20 marks)
  • 80 marks in total
  • 40% of GCSE

This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.

Component 3: Texts in practice (practical)

What is assessed?

  • Performance of two extracts from one play
  • Free choice of play but it must contrast with the set play chosen for Component 1

How it’s assessed

  • Performance of Extract 1 (25 marks) and Extract 2 (25 marks)
  • 50 marks in total
  • 20% of GCSE

This component is marked by AQA.


Students will have the opportunity to access a wide range of enrichment activities including clubs, trips to see live performance and performance opportunities. Every year we hold regular shows and live events.


  • Communication skills – developed through performing and engaging listeners
  • Teamwork – through working in groups, including leader or manager
  • Self-management – physical and mental self-discipline achieved through regular rehearsals
  • Performing under pressure – overcoming nervousness in order to perform well during exams, shows and auditions
  • Planning – organising and working towards a project/performance
  • Critical reflection – giving and receiving criticism, learning from mistakes and striving for improved performance