Drama and Theatre Arts


Key Stage 3 – Drama and Theatre Arts

At Chatsmore Catholic High School Drama is a well- received and exciting subject.
At Key Stage 3 students study a range of challenging texts and learn a wide variety of skills from physical theatre to Commedia Dell’arte. During their learning experience students will work individually and in groups performing, directing and choreographing their work. Students develop skills in handling script, interpreting stage directions, improvisation and stage combat. They will become independent learners who are able to critique their own work and that of others providing constructive and analytical feedback. Our students make significant progress in Drama both as learners and as individuals.
Our extra curricular activities provide students with the chance to take part in large scale professional productions as performers, lighting technicians and make up artists. We offer opportunities to attend West End productions and a range of local professional performances.

Key Stage 4 – Drama and Theatre Arts

Subject Exam Board Syllabus Number Practical Coursework Written Exam
GCSE Drama AQA 8261 60% 40%

Is this the right subject for me?

Are you prepared to produce high levels of practical work in groups, pairs and sometimes on your own? If so then Drama is the subject for you!

What will I learn?

All kinds of things! You will act, direct and design. You will study 2 full length plays, explore characters, perform as characters, plan costumes and make up. You will explore theatre practitioners like, Stanislavski, Brecht and Boal and companies such as Frantic Assembly. You will also devise original drama, developing a piece from scratch which you will be really proud of. You will also learn about lots of different dramatic genres and the techniques they use. You will work in these genres and use lots of new skills.

How will I be assessed?

Devising Drama – 40%

Learners explore and develop their understanding of how to use the devising process to communicate meaning in theatrical performance. They can perform or design. They can work in groups of 2-6 performers. Learners will explore a stimulus provided by the centre.
During the exploratory stage leaners will work collaboratively to create a narrative or concept for their performance. After this they will focus on their chosen skill, rehearsing and refining the performance as well as amending it ready for an audience. Learners will complete an artistic intention, describing their aims and objectives for the performance. After the performance they write a devising log with evaluation of the work.

Presenting and Performing Texts – 20%

Learners will study a full length play. They will then practically explore two sections from the play.
Communicating with an audience is an essential part of the drama. The contribution and skills developed as an actor or designer will be applied to the performance of each extract.
This will lead to a live performance to an audience with a visiting examiner. Learners will explore the context of the whole text, considering social, cultural and historical aspects. Learners will complete an artistic intention, describing their aims and objectives for the performance.

Final Exam – 40%

Section A
Learners will answer four multiple choice questions on theatrical general knowledge to include the roles and responsibilities of those that work in the theatre, stage directions and stage spaces.

Section B
Learners are required to study one play from a list provided by AQA. Learners will have access to the unmarked text during the exam.
This text cannot be the same as any play used in the previous unit.

Section C
Learners are required to have seen a live or digital theatre performance. They will be required to analyse and evaluate the performance. Learners cannot answer questions using the same performance text for section B.

What can I do after I’ve completed the course?

Study A level or BTEC Drama; Drama &Theatre studies; Theatre production; Musical Theatre; Theatre design; Theatre technology; English
Careers include: acting; make up artistry; theatre production, design and lighting; stage managing; TV industry; journalism; teaching.

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If you want to find out more about this Drama and Theatre Arts course then you can visit the AQA website at www.aqa.org.uk. You could also talk to Mrs Gladman, Mrs Gray or email tgladman@chathigh.co.uk agray@chathigh.co.uk and they will be able to describe the course in detail and advise you of what you need to do next when it comes to your options.
If you want to find out more on what this subject can enable you to do, don’t forget Mrs Williams is available for career advice.