Drama and Theatre

The aim of the Drama Department is to allow students access to performance in all year groups. Curriculum Drama is compulsory at KS3 and offered as a GCSE option in Year 10 or 11.

Drama department curriculum intent September 2020

Key Stage 3
During Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) students have one lesson of Drama each week.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, AQA GCSE Drama is an option for GCSE. It is assessed in three components: Understanding Drama (a written exam), Devising Drama (practical and written coursework) and Texts in Practice (a practical assessment, performed for a  visiting examiner).

Staff Names and Roles
Mrs S Power – Subject Leader Drama

Key Stage 5

Awarding Body 
AQA

Subject Staff 
Mrs S Power – Subject Leader Drama

Useful Websites
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/a-level/drama-and-theatre-7262

Student Comments
“I took Drama because it was one of the subjects I feel passionately about.  Performing Arts in my opinion is expression with the body and voice and its more than just simply acting.  It is performing in general whether that is singing a song from a musical or performing a piece of drama, it’s a subject you can make your own and that’s why I chose it.’’

“Drama A-level has been so enjoyable because it’s very personal; you can focus on the specific areas of Performing Arts you’re most interested in.  It doesn’t feel like I’m doing work even when I’m putting extra hours in, as it’s something I love doing.”

“My confidence has grown, my performance skills have been challenged and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time doing drama at Settle College in lessons and as an extracurricular activity.  It was the best choice I ever made.”

Course Requirements
5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above, which must include:
Grade 5 in English GCSE and Grade 5 in GCSE Drama
(Art or Music would be useful, but not essential)

Course Description (A level)
A-Level Drama and Theatre is for actors, dancers or drama technicians who wish to further their skills in their chosen area.  The course is performance based, rather than theoretical with an accompanying written portfolio.

Across A-level units, students will learn about:

Drama and Theatre  – a study of two drama texts and live theatre review (40%) – Exam
Creating Original Theatre – putting together a devised piece (30%) – Coursework
Making Theatre  – a study of three scripted texts, examined practically and through coursework (30%) – Performance exam

Assessment Procedure
Students will be encouraged to demonstrate their skills and talents by being assessed in practical ways through performance and writing about performance.  Students will be assessed partly through portfolio, partly through a written exam about performance and partly through practical work.  Work is assessed  by the teacher and  moderated by a visiting moderator.

Progression
The A-Level in Drama and Theatre qualifies for UCAS points so if students complete it successfully they could move on to study for a degree or BTEC Higher National Diploma in Drama, Theatre Studies or Performing Arts.  Other courses, such as English Studies, would also value this A-Level study.  Students can also go on to relevant employment.

Enrichment
We run a number of theatre trips throughout the year. The department also puts on an annual production which includes students from all year groups. Previous productions have included “Alice”, “We Will Rock You” ,”Grease”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Oliver”, “The Wizard of Oz” and “Peter Pan”.