Drama

Drama is about learning how the dramatic process works, and how to use dramatic techniques to explore themes and issues that relate to a playwright’s intention. It is also about how to create a character and perform as that character. You will explore themes, ideas and plays in a practical way, and your teacher will assess your progress from Year 7 to Year 9.

There will be lots of opportunities to get involved with extra-curricular Drama activities, such as Drama Club, the school show, and many theatre visits.

In Year 10 and 11 you will complete the BTEC course, and you will be required to perform in a play or contribute a form of design to a production, such as costume, lighting or sound.

After you have completed BTEC Drama in Year 11, you can go on to study BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Performing Arts in Years 12 and 13.

Exam Specification
Performing Arts GCSE Specification
Performing Arts A Level Specification

 

Key Stage 3

Drama is about learning how the dramatic process works and how to use dramatic techniques to explore themes and issues that relate to a playwright’s intention. It is also about how to create a character and perform as that character. You will explore themes, ideas and plays  practically and your teacher will assess how you have developed their skills.

Students will have the opportunity to attend theatre performances, take part in the Shakespeare Festival and the school production.

Key Stage 4

BTEC Level 2 Performing Arts is about learning how the dramatic process works, how to use dramatic technique to explore themes and issues and a playwright’s intention. It is also about how to create a character and perform using a variety of styles and genres. Students will explore a various script and devising techniques throughout the course.

Students will be assessed on 3 units:

Unit 1: Exploring the Performing Arts ( internally assessed)
Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Performance (internally assessed)
Unit 3: Performing to a Brief ( external assessment)

Students will get the opportunity to attend theatre performances and workshops to further develop their skills.

Sixth Form

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts allows students to be well equipped to follow degree courses in Drama, English, Journalism/Media Studies, Stage-Management and Arts Management. In addition to fostering critical and creative skills, it also increases confidence and leadership skills along with training in team work. Students will study 4 units. 2 of those will be external examinations.

Performing Arts trains students to develop:

1. Competence in applied practical skills a. within a group b. individually.
2. Analysing the roles and responsibilities of an actor and others within the industry
3. Knowledge of theatrical influences, conventions and styles related to the development of theatre and the relationship between theatre and society.
4. An appreciation of the contribution of selected practitioners to theatre.