In both year 10 and year 11 students can opt to study Drama in one year. In year 10, this is taught over 5 hours per week and in year 11 the students receive 4 hours of learning. Assessment takes the following format:

Unit 1: Exploring a topic and theme (30%).

Students will participate in a teacher led and teacher supervised six hour practical exploration of drama (40 marks). The six hours are divided into suitable sessions that make up the six hour total. During the practical exploration students are given the opportunity to work in a variety of different sized groups. The practical exploration will be based on the following:

  • at least two different types of stimuli
  • at least four explorative strategies
  • at least two examples of the drama medium

Students will complete a 2000 word written account of their work in the lessons (20 marks). This controlled condition coursework assesses whether the students can evaluate the use of drama elements and mediums and review the impact of the performance on an audience.

Unit 2: Study of a complete play text (30%).

This unit introduces students to the content of plays written for the theatre (30 marks). They will learn how to interpret a play in various ways and understand how a play works in performance. They are then assessed over a 6 hour period evidencing their understanding of the play, its themes and the way drama strategies can be used to develop meaning.

Students will complete a 1000 word written account of their work in the lessons (10 marks). This controlled condition coursework assesses whether the students can evaluate the use of drama elements and mediums and review the impact of the performance on an audience.

Unit 3: Drama performance (40%).

Students can be examined in one of the following ways:

  • Performance devised by the students or an extract from a full length play.

Design candidate: Students can choose to be examined in one of the following design elements; lighting or costume. Design candidates complete a portfolio of evidence, make a presentation to the examiner and light or costume a group’s play.