Summary of the department:

St Aidan’s Academy Drama department aims to offer students the opportunity to explore drama as a practical art form in which ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through choices of form, style and convention.

Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the following:

Summary of subject content


Students in Year 7 and 8 follow the AQA GCSE Drama specification. Students will study a range of different genres including, comedy, tragedy and naturalism. Students will develop their work using different forms of stimuli. Students will develop their ability to perform using improvisation with confidence and good communication skills. Students will study plays appropriate for their age and ability. Students are expected to work both independently and in groups and are encouraged to visit the theatre and read plays outside of lesson time.

GCSE Drama

Exam board: AQA

Students will create perform and respond to drama informed by their theoretical knowledge of drama and theatre.

Component 1: Understanding Drama (written exam) 40% of GCSE

This component requires students to sit a written exam where they will answer questions on a play of their choice and they will evaluate a play they have been to see at the theatre.

Component 2: Devising Drama (practical) 40% of GCSE

This component requires students to devise a play and create a production log for this devised piece.

Component 3: Texts in practice (practical) 20% of GCSE

This component requires students to study a contrasting play to unit 1 for which they have to perform two contrasting scenes for a visiting examiner.

The course is both demanding and rewarding for any student wanting to improve their confidence and communication skills, for students wanting to go into the performance industry and for students who want to study a qualification that has both a practical and written element.