Miss H Snelling – Subject Leader of Drama

GCSE Drama

This GCSE course is an exciting and predominantly practical one. It is well regarded by prospective employers and as a preliminary to further study. One reason for this is that through drama the student is able to develop self-confidence, problem solving skills, communication skills and collaborative working skills.

It enables the student to think and act confidently and creatively and to develop self-awareness as well as self-esteem, awareness of others and social aptitude. In short, students develop a very distinct range of group work skills and a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Dramatic Art and Theatre.

Having gained a good pass at GCSE Drama a number of students choose to continue the subject taking A level ‘Drama and Theatre Studies’. This two year course involves the study of various four/five week topics and two theatre texts. The topics and texts are studied through discussion, investigation and a variety of drama activities. Various kinds of improvisation form the core activity to this method of learning. The students cover a wide range of subjects and through their exploration and experimentation with the medium they develop an increasing knowledge, understanding and command of skills pertaining to Dramatic Art.

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • Explore issues, ideas and feelings using
    appropriate drama forms.
  • Respond creatively to a variety of stimuli.
  • Contribute with cooperative working skills to the development and realisation of ideas
    within the group.
  • Adopt, adapt and sustain ‘roles’ appropriately.
  • Communicate through the language of space.
    movement and words.
  • Illustrate a comprehensive understanding and working knowledge of Dramatic Art and Theatre.

A Level Drama

It is not necessary to have studied this subject at GCSE Level. However, a student who had not studied GCSE Drama would be required to have a short interview with the Head of Department before a place on the A Level course could be offered. It is obviously an advantage to have studied the subject at GCSE.


  Description % of A Level
Component 1 Theatre In Practice – Written

Section A: Study of a set-text from the perspective of a performer.
Section B: Study of a set-text from the perspective of a director.

Section C: Response to live theatre seen during the course.
Assessment: Written examination 3 hours.

Component 2 Devising Drama– Practical & Written.
The development of a devised piece of drama influenced by a theatre practitioner and supported by written coursework.Performed to a live audience and marked by subject teacher. Performance is recorded and moderated by AQA.
Component 3 Making Drama– Practical & Written.
The development three scripted excerpts influenced by a theatre practitioner and supported by written coursework. ‘Excerpt 3’ is performed and marked by an AQA visiting examiner.

Units 2 and 3 include careful study of the plays and practitioners and live performances that have been chosen, and with special regard to the theatrical, social and historical contexts of each.

Value of the Course

This is a creative and exciting course that in practice combines almost equally practical and academic work. The course encourages students to develop their interest, enjoyment and knowledge of theatre and drama practice. Through their own work and experience of professional performance candidates will develop the ability to respond critically and sensitively to a range of drama texts and performance.