The course challenges the students’ creative powers in a variety of dramatic situations which stretch imaginative skills and increase their confidence.
Drama is taught in a versatile, purpose built studio equipped with spotlights and rostra and in other multi-purpose spaces. The department also uses the College’s video cameras and other digital equipment to extend students learning and aid improving their performance.
How learning is organised
Drama is taught as a subject in its own right, but also is included as part of English in the National Curriculum. In years 7, 8 and 9 students are taught in a modular capacity with mixed gender and ability groupings. In Years 10 and 11, Drama is available as a GCSE option. Lessons have a practical focus and students are encouraged to create ideas both individually and within groups.
Years 7, 8 and 9
Each year group will work on a number of appropriate projects selected by their teacher. For example:
Year 7 - Pantomine & Another World
Year 8 - Bugsy Malone & Flannan Isle
Year 9 - A detention centre for young offenders / A Shakespeare play
All students will complete assessments of their work.
Years 10 and 11
Students who opt for Drama follow a GCSE course examining aspects of a selection of plays and improvised theatre. The aim of the course is to build skills and understanding so that by the end of the course students are able to undertake the production of an independently devised play for their final examination.
Current syllabus: GCSE Drama - OCR