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Key Stage 4 Subjects


At Key Stage 4 students follow the AQA GCSE Drama programme of study. This course encourages students to:

  • develop a personal interest in why drama matters and be inspired, moved and changed by studying a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study
  • work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas
  • consider and explore the impact of social, historical and cultural influences on drama texts and activities
  • reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others
  • develop and demonstrate competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills
  • develop a basis for their future role as active citizens in employment and society in general, as well as for the possible further study of drama
  • actively engage in the process of dramatic study in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds

Component One: Understanding Drama (40%)

This is a written exam in which students will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and performed.

Component Two: Devising Drama (40%)

This is a practical component in which students are assessed on their ability to create and develop ideas to communicate meaning for performance.

Component Three: Texts in Practice (20%)

Students will perform two extracts from one play (it must contrast the set play for component 1).

Extra-curricular Opportunities

The Key Stage 4 Drama club enables students to fully utilise their rehearsal time and make use of the technical facilities at the school.

For more information about Drama at Manor School please contact the Curriculum Lead for Creative Studies Miss M Barron ().

Please follow the link below to access the full specifications for Drama on the awarding body website:

Full Specifications for Drama

The BBC Bitesize revision website has a range of activities and test materials for GCSE subjects. The link below will take you to the GCSE subject page for Drama where you can choose a topic to revise:

BBC KS4 Bitesize