Approx Cost:
Technology Requirements:
A laptop is essential for this course
Entry Requirements:

Minimum of ‘achieving at the level’ overall grade in Year 9 Drama or by negotiation with the HOD.  Students are expected to perform all practical assessments to an audience of peers and/or wider school audience.

Course Outline:

This course is based around Level 4 of the National Curriculum. The range of units that may be offered are:

  • Developing Ideas.

Students use elements and conventions to structure a devised performance around a specific topic.

  • Developing Practical Knowledge.

Drama techniques are explored using children’s stories as stimulus material, performed in front of a young invited audience

  • Communication and Interpreting in Drama.

Students use basic Stanislavski techniques to prepare and present a significant character from a given text.

  • Understanding Drama in Context.

The features of a theatre period (Elizabethan) are explored, including text work, staging, costuming, technologies, acting style and actor/audience relationship relevant to the time period.


Written reflections for each unit form a part of the overall result in this course. Students perform a Drama achievement standard (4 credits) at the end of the year.

Where Does It Lead:

Students learn to relate and work with others, develop critical and creative thinking skills while developing performance and communication skills in a range of dramatic contexts. Students who gain an ‘achieved at the level’ are able to continue with Year 11 Drama.

For further information see:
Mrs S McLean.