Subject Overview

Drama is a dynamic, collaborative and live art form.  It is a practical subject that encourages discovery through experimentation, the taking of risks and the presentation of ideas to others.  Students develop skills that are applicable to a wide range of higher education subjects and in the workplace. 

You will learn to develop both theatre and life skills; the building of confidence, creativity and working collaboratively.  Through the study of theatre, you will become aware of your own personal and cultural perspectives and will learn to appreciate the diversity of theatre across time, place and culture, promoting international-mindedness. 


Year 10-11

At Stonyhurst, pupils study GCSE Drama from AQA. The course offers the opportunity for pupils to develop their practical skills in Drama and enhance their appreciation and understanding of performance through devised work and a range of play texts. The two years study encourages pupils to develop an understanding and response to a range of scripts and dramatic styles, lifting Drama from the page to the stage whilst clearly communicating characters’ intentions to an audience. Increased self and group awareness and the ability to appreciate and evaluate the work of others is vital, as are the skills of creativity, self-confidence, concentration, self-discipline and communication. Finally, excellent social and expressive skills are an embodiment of the way the course is taught, all of which are tied into the notion of professionalism throughout the two years.

The course is divided into 3 components –
Component 1: Understanding Drama (theory) 40%. Written exam (1hr 45mins), 80 marks. Pupils are assessed on their knowledge and understanding of how Drama is developed and performed. This is split into 3 key sections: Section A – Theatre roles & terminology Section B – Study of a set text Section C – Live theatre production
Component 2: Devising drama (practical) 40%. Devising log, 60 marks, devised performance, 20 marks. Pupils are assessed on their ability to create and develop ideas to communicate meaning, apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance and analyse and evaluate their own work.
Component 3: Texts in practice (practical) 20%. Performance of 2 extracts, 40 marks. Pupils are assessed on their ability to apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance.
Further information Whatever the future holds for each pupil, GCSE Drama offers the opportunity for them to emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills, applicable both in further studies and the workplace. We are looking for reliable pupils with a determination to follow the school motto – Quant je puis.

Higher Line and Higher Educational Options
The AQA specification lays an appropriate foundation for further study of A level Drama & Theatre Studies.


A Level (sixth form)

This course encourages candidates to:

  • Develop and apply an informed, analytical framework for making, performing, interpreting and understanding drama and theatre
  • Understand the place of relevant theoretical research in informing the processes and practices involved in creating theatre and the place of practical exploration in informing theoretical knowledge of drama and theatre
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of how social, cultural and historical contexts of performance texts have influenced the development of drama and theatre
  • Understand the practices used in 21st century theatre making
  • Experience a range of opportunities to create theatre both published text-based and devised work
  • Participate as a theatre maker and as an audience member in live theatre
  • Understand and experience the collaborative relationship between various roles within theatre
  • Develop and demonstrate a range of theatre making skills
  • Develop the creativity and independence to become effective theatre makers
  • Adopt safe working practices as a theatre maker
  • Analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others.