Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College
An Outstanding Catholic School


Welcome to the Drama Department


Department Members:

Miss E Burgess- Curriculum Leader, Head of Faculty Performing Arts

Miss C Gardiner - Drama Teacher

 The Drama department is a vibrant, creative and exciting hub of activity. We promote a dynamic, respectful and imaginative learning environment which excites, inspires and motivates students.

This year we have an exciting creative partnership with the Unicorn Theatre in London Bridge, which allows GCSE and A Level students the chance to work collaboratively with the theatre on performance pieces. Students have workshops within school and have opportunities to perform at the Unicorn Theatre with professional actors!

The annual School Production of a musical is always a huge hit and involves as many as 80 performers from years 7-10, with backstage support provided by Sixth Form students.


Key Stage 3 – 1 lesson per week

Students are encouraged to actively engage their creative skills in order to explore a variety of genres, characters, themes, issues and stimuli. Performance work is shared and assessed on a regular basis, with students evaluating techniques, performances and the techniques of different theatre practitioners. The students are encouraged to explore the work as imaginatively as possible, often incorporating dance, physical theatre, song and rap into the mix. A diverse and inspiring curriculum is studied over two years.

 Key Stage 4 – 1 double and 1 single lesson a week

Drama is a popular choice at GCSE and our students thrive in the supportive and creative environment that we provide. There are currently 2 specifications running in GCSE Drama, with Year 11 finishing the expiring specification and Years 9 and 10 following the current one.

Year 11 Edexcel Specification

Unit 1 – 30% Internally Assessed - externally moderated

Practical Work Exploring a  theme using a range of strategies and techniques during 6 hours of practical sessions.

Controlled Assessment  2000 word essay based  on the work done in class.


Unit 2 - 30% Internally Assessed - externally moderated

Practical Work Exploring a  text using a range of strategies and techniques during 6 hours of practical sessions. Visiting the theatre to see the text performed.

Controlled Assessment  2000 word play review on the text performance, 1000 word booklet based on the work done in class.


Unit 3 – 40% Assessed by External Examiner.

Perform as part of a group to show your interpretation of a text to a visiting examiner. The duration ranges from 15-40 minutes depending on the size of your group.


Performance support – support a performance group by developing their use of lighting, costume, make up or set. Present a 5 minute explanation with a portfolio of evidence to the examiner.

Coursework support sessions are run one lunchtime and one after school evening a week to ensure that students are helped with the development of their written work. For Unit 3, one evening a week is offered as rehearsal time.


Year 9 and 10 New GCSE Specification WJEC

Component 1 – Devising – 60 marks – 40% Internally assessed – externally moderated

Groups between 2-5 actors with up to 4 design for each group

Practical work – create, developand performof a piece of devised theatre using EITHER techniques of an influential theatre practitioner OR a genre, in a response to a stimulus SET BY WJEC (choice of 4 stimulus’ - quote, lyric, picture, concept)

Written work -  Supporting Portfolio – written = 750-900 words, Evaluation of performance – controlled conditions – 1hr 30mins – addressing 3 specific points of criteria – notes can be taken in

Component 2 – Performing from a Text – 60 marks – 20% - Externally Assessed by examiner

Practical Work Groups between 2 – 4 with up to 2 designers. Study two 10 minute extracts from one text of their own choice. 10 minute extract to perform – lasting between 5-14 minutes depending on how many actors. The text must contrast in style and/or context to text for Component 3

Written Work  Artistic Intension cover sheet for examiner – 150 words approx.

Component 3 – Interpreting Theatre – 60 marks – 40% - Written Exam

Written Exam – 1hr 30mins - 2 questions – Section A and Section B

Section A –  A series of questions on a set texts: The Tempest, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Hard to Swallow, War Horse and DNA

Section B - One question from a choice of two requiring analysis and evaluation of a given aspect of a live theatre production seen during the course

Key Stage 5 WJEC Drama and Theatre Studies

This course builds on the foundation of learning at GCSE. Students study play texts and analyse and interpret them through exploration and application of practical skills. Key theatre practitioners are studied in depth through practical and theory work. Students also produce and develop both scripted and devised pieces of theatre over the two year course, both pieces performed in front of an examiner. The written concept work for these performances enhances and consolidates the experience. Students also study the history of drama and theatre, about performing, about all aspects of a production from the design of the set and costumes through to the role of the director. Students also experience a range of live theatre performances, both internally and at theatres around London.

 Who is this course for?

Students who have studied Drama at GCSE level and/or have had appropriate Drama/Theatre experience outside of school and who are enthusiastic and interested in learning more at a higher levels. The course is suitable for students who are intent on studying courses other than Acting at university: Law, Politics, History, Media, English.


 A Level Drama and Theatre Studies




5 GCSE grades at A*-C, including GCSE English and Drama The study of Drama at GCSE level would be an advantage.


Course content

Component 1 –Theatre Workshop – 20% - 60 Marks - Internally Assessed, Externally Moderated

Create a piece of theatre based on an extract from a text using  techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company. Students must also produce a Creative log (1200-1500 words) which documents their process.

Component 2 – Text in Action – 40% - 120 marks Externally Assessed by visiting examiner

  • A text performance
  • A devised performance
  • A process and evaluation report
  • Students view at least one piece of live theatre


Students must have seen a wide range of live theatre throughout the course. They should be able to draw on these performances to inform their own creative decision making

Component 3 – Text in Performance – 40% - Written Exam - 2 hours 30 minutes

Section A – Set Text

-       Text chosen from either the pre-1956 or post 1956 list


Section B – Set Text

-       Text chosen from either the pre-1956 or post 1956 list

-       Focus on how the text could be adapted/interpreted for a contemporary audience

-       Analysis and evaluation of live theatre seen in influencing creative decisions


Section C – Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

-       10-15minute extract from this script

-       The question on the specified extract analysis and evaluating how the text can be performed in the theatre