Our Drama department’s intent is to deliver a fun and varied curriculum that exposes students to a wide range of dramatic styles, genres and techniques and gives them an opportunity to develop confidence in their own voices. We aim to develop learners who have the tools to construct their own pieces of meaningful drama and are able to interpret scripts in an imaginative way. Our KS3 curriculum is designed to support the English curriculum by bringing classics from the literary canon such as Dickens and Shakespeare to life by exploring them from the inside. We build upon this in KS4 by exploring Blood Brothers and Macbeth.   The third strand of Drama is preparation for the written elements of the course, which involves writing about a script and evaluating Live Theatre. We follow the exam board advice that the best way to learn to write well is to ‘experience’ it first and we ensure that we approach all the exam work ‘on our feet’, then discuss it before writing down answers.

We are conscious that many of our students have not had much exposure to theatre and would benefit from ‘learning from the Greats!’ We believe in the power of Live Theatre to broaden students understanding of Drama, theatre and the world and will build in trips to see quality theatre and to view Live Streamed Theatre at every opportunity.

The transferable skills of empathy, confidence and articulation and the opportunity to explore and express the more challenging aspects of being a human are equally as important to us as building technical drama skills. There will be regular opportunities to discuss, imagine and reconsider attitudes, opinions and experiences that our students may experience in their journeys through life. Underpinning all the lessons is a celebration of how Drama and Theatre connect us though a ‘shared human experience’ – we realise through our experiences that what it means to be human runs through time and cultures.

We believe that it is essential for young people to have opportunities to learn in an active and empirical way and will make a point of only writing when it is essential for exam preparation or to enhance the learning experience. We aim to deliver lessons that are irresistible to every student in the Academy and to make Drama the subject that they go home wanting to talk about and remember in years to come. 

Key Stage 3 

Students will have two lessons of Drama a fortnight in Key Stage Three. We will explore a mixture of Devising and Scripted performance and students will develop a repertoire of conventions and techniques to help them structure meaningful theatre.  In year Nine we introduce practitioners and see how their exercises and working practices can be used to add depth to performance.  There is a good deal of laughter and everyone comes out of the Spring Term having made firm friends with Shakespeare!

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 7 Storytelling Lady Mary and Mr Fox – Devising Drama Exploring Shakespeare Performing Shakespeare The Identification – Devising Drama Oliver – The Musical
Year 8 Perspectives of War – Devising A Christmas Carol – Dickens Exploring Shakespeare 2 Performing Shakespeare 2 Theatre in Education – Bullying Frank Miller and the Wild West!
Year 9 Introduction to Practitioners Exploring Script – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Devising Drama – exploration of a theme (Refugees) Mirad, A boy from Bosnia Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman GCSE Drama Style performance – choose scripted or devised in groups


“Do more of what you love”

In addition to being extremely good fun, Drama GCSE provides a curriculum to ignite and engage your creativity, passion and interests. It provides freedom for you to experiment and take risks with your work and learn vital life skills while developing an understanding of theatre and performance.

You will have opportunities to:

  • Study plays through practical exploration
  • Create your own pieces of theatre
  • Develop your performance skills
  • Watch and review professional theatre
  • Learn more about theatre practitioners and different styles of acting

Drama GCSE can make you stand out as you progress through education and into employment by supporting you to become:

  • An independent and critical thinker
  • An effective decision-maker
  • A strong team player
  • A confident speaker
  • Somebody who has proven drive and determination
  • An effective time manager

GCSE Drama


OCR GCSE Drama J316

Assessment Weighting

40% Exam 60% Coursework

Coursework 1: Unit 1 – Devising Drama – 50%

Coursework 2: Unit 2 Presenting and Performing Texts (Visiting Examiner) – 50%

Exam 1: Unit 3 – Drama Performance and Response – 40%

SoW and Sequence

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 10 Devising Drama – Skills and Exploration. Devising Drama – Christmas Performance Blood Brothers – Exploration Blood Brothers Mock PAP Written exam Devising Drama – Exploration Devising Drama Real Exam NEA
Year 11 Portfolio for Devising Drama. Live Theatre Presenting and Performing Texts preparation Presenting and Performing Texts exam Concept Pro Forma Written exam Prep – Blood Brothers and Live Theatre

Further Education/Job Destinations:

A GCSE in Drama is a pathway to any career, not just the Performing Arts industry.

Prospects include, but are not limited to:

  • Actor
  • Director
  • Stage Manager
  • Lighting/Sound Technician
  • Public Relations
  • Teacher
  • Any role which requires you to work as a part of a team.


This will vary over the course of the year – as performance dates come up there may be requirements to attend rehearsals outside of school hours. Homework will include written tasks, line learning, research and rehearsals.

Revision Resources/Textbooks

The Drama department recommends the purchase of the following revision resources and textbooks to help support learning at home. These are not compulsory, but highly recommended.

Blood Brothers
Willy Russell
Methuen Drama; New edition (10 May 2001)
ISBN: 0413767701

Blood Brothers

KS5 (A-Level)

We offer Drama and Theatre Studies A-Level at our Sixth Form. For more information, visit our Sixth Form Site.

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