English & Media Faculty


Subject Intent:

In Drama, students will study key drama practitioners to help influence ideas and represent ways to communicate them to a live audience. For example, Method Acting skills from Konstantin Stanislavski and Thematic Directing skills influenced by Bertold Brecht. We want students to be able to understand the historical developments of theatre to help support them as a way to construct ideas when they present their work in a practical form. Finally, students study a set text and live production to help examine playwright’s intentions and evaluate how directors use Drama elements to convey meaning to an audience which will equip them to interpret meaning and construct their own arguments and views about the wider context of the world.

Course Overview:

OCR GCSE Examination Board

Course  Detail:


Key stage 4:

Introduction of Acting Stanislavski:  a study of a text called Two by Jim Cartwright to help develop acting skills.  (Autumn Year 10)

Introduction of Devising Skills: a study of varied stimuli through exploration of Bertold Brecht’s directorial techniques. (Autumn Year 10)

Component 1: Devising Drama – A study of a set brief and creation of a devised performance and coursework portfolio (Summer Year 10/Autumn Year 11)

Component 2:  Presenting and Performing – Study and presentation of two extracts for a practical examination (Practical exam takes place in front of a visiting examiner and live audience. This usually takes place Spring Year 11)

Component 3: Drama and Response  - Find Me by Olwyn Wymark. Studying a set text for Exam Section A (Spring Year 10/Autumn Year 11)

Study of Live Production for Exam Section B (Spring Year 10/ Autumn Year 11)

Enrichment Opportunities

Students have many opportunities to take part in extra performance evenings and/or clubs at lunchtimes. Year 12 students organise a KS3 Drama club on Thursday lunchtimes.

Students who opt to take GCSE Drama must attend at least two live productions to help support their learning of Section B for the written examination. In the past, students have visited the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry and The Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Past productions include ‘A Monster Calls’, ‘Noughts and Crosses’ and ‘Teechers’.

There is an opportunity to watch the annual Pantomime trip at The Belgrade Theatre at the beginning of December.

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