Students in Year 7 and 8 follow the AQA GCSE Drama specification focusing on one unit per term. Students work on their confidence, communication skills and they develop a range of emotions. Students 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.
In Year 9 students develop their knowledge and understanding of the GCSE qualification in more depth.
Unit 1 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.
Unit 2 requires students to devise a play and create a production log for this devised piece.
Unit 3 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.
Due to recent changes from the DfE regarding specifications an update for this subject will be available at a later date.