Drama is a unique art form. Its power lies in its ability to develop the combined use of speech, movement and thought.

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 both practically and through written assessment. 

Years 10 and 11
Drama is a popular subject for GCSE. In both Year 10 and 11 students create a variety of improvisations to understand the 6 areas of study; character, context and plot, genre and performance style, semiotics and proxemics, audience and performance space.
Students study a play by a classic or modern playwright such as William Shakespeare, Willy Russell and Mark Wheeler in detail and conclude their GCSE learning in a written exam.

Current syllabus: GCSE Drama - OCR


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