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Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Year 11 Resources:

Role & Responsibility

Stage Positions

Types of Staging

Revision Booklet for Blood Brothers

Revision Checklist

Never Heard the Word - Physical Vocal Skills

Never Heard the Word - Role & Responsibility

Qualification: GCSE Drama (OCR Examination Board – (External link)

Drama is a collaborative, practical and challenging course. OCR provides a fantastic curriculum to ignite and engage learners’ creativity, passion and interests. The balance between practical acting tasks, written coursework and written examination gives students the best opportunity to succeed. Students will be given the opportunity to develop their interest in acting and live theatre through theatre visits, backstage tours and professional workshops.

How will I be assessed?

Component 1/2: Devising Drama (internally assessed). Students will create a portfolio and a performance inspired by a stimulus (a starting point). They can take on the role of performance or designer. The performance is out of 20 marks, the portfolio out of 40 marks. 30% of final grade.

Component 3: Presenting and Performing Texts (externally assessed). A performance showcase for a visiting examiner, you perform two extracts from one play. Learners can take on the role of performer or designer. 60 marks. 30% of final grade.

Component 4: Performance and response (externally assessed). Section A consists of short answer questions relating to the study of a play, ‘Blood Brothers’. You’ll be considering what choices you would make if you were the actor playing the part, how you could use sound, set, light and costume to stage that scene. Section B is an extended response, analysing and evaluating a live drama performance. That means a trip to the theatre! 80 marks. 40% of final grade.

What skills do I need?

Experience from drama lessons at KS3 is a good starting point to study drama at GCSE level.  Students need to be confident, committed and well-organised as well as be open to learning new things and, trying out new ideas.

What can I progress on to?

Students can go on to study OCR Drama and Theatre at A level. This course allows students to explore and apply their knowledge of the process of creating and developing drama and theatre to their own performance work. They study either performance or design skills in depth, according to their own interests.

KS5 Curriculum

There are currently five course options you can take at KS5: A Level Fine Art (Eduqas), A Level Textiles, A Level Photography, A Level Drama and Music (Eduqas). Students have ten hours a fortnight for a subject at KS5. 

Please see the links to the sixth form website for further information about these courses. You can also contact members of the faculty for further information.