The Drama Department

GCSE Drama

Key Stage 3 overview

Drama is taught alongside English in KS3.


Key Stage 4 overview

Drama is an exciting, creative and challenging course which allows pupils to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of performance skills. Drama students will be expected to devise, perform and evaluate their own drama production.

In preparation for the written and performance exams, students will study a set play and develop learning through watching Live Theatre productions, both within school and attending theatre trips.


Qualification assessment overview

  • Component 1 – Understanding Drama – 40% of course – written exam
  • Component 2 – Devising Drama – 40%of course – externally moderated coursework and performance (30% written, 10% performance)
  • Component 3 – Texts in Practice – 20% of course – externally examined performance

40% of internal moderated assessment and 60% of external assessment.

When do internal assessments take place?

All internal assessments (Devising Drama) needed to be completed by December of the examination year.

When do external assessments take place?

The performance exam (Texts in Practice) takes place in January of the examination year, the written exam (Understanding Drama) is sat in May of the examination year.


Curriculum map

Please CLICK HERE to view the 2019/20 curriculum map for Year 10 GCSE Drama.

Please CLICK HERE to view the 2019/20 curriculum map for Year 11 GCSE Drama.


How can parents support their child and Sir Thomas Boughey Academy with GCSE Drama?

  • Go to see as much live theatre performance as possible. The New Vic is a fantastic place to see a variety of shows and plays: http://www.newvictheatre.org.uk
  • Ensure that your child can attend after school rehearsals and workshops. This will be expected during Year 11 prior to examinations.

BTEC Performing Arts

The BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts is an exciting course, focussing on the technical aspects of performance as an art form. This course if perfectfor learners who want to acquire technical knowledge and technical skills through vocational contexts by studying acting, dance or musical theatre as part of their Key Stage 4 learning. The qualification recognises the value of learning skills, knowledge and vocational attributes to complement GCSEs. The qualification will broaden the learners experience and understanding of the varied progression options available to them.

The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance, which cover the:

  • development of key skills that prove your aptitude in Performing Arts such as reproducing repertoire or responding to stimuli
  • process that underpins effective ways of working in the Performing Arts, such as development of ideas, rehearsal and performance attitudes that are considered most important in the Performing Arts, including personal management and communication
  • knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, process and attitudes in the sector suchas roles, responsibilities, performance disciplines and styles.

Curriculum Map

Please CLICK HERE to view the 2019/20 curriculum map for BTEC Performing Arts

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