Alderman Peel

High School

Wells-Next-The-Sea   Norfolk


Faculty Staff and roles

Mrs Michelle Wolfe

Director of Learning PE & Performance

Miss Chloe Beech

Teacher of Drama


KS3 Subject Overview 

Drama is one of the most important assets to learn in our lives.

Through Drama we learn to explore the way other people think, feel and communicate, helping us to understand others and ourselves on a higher level.

At KS3 level, students will study a range of theatrical styles and techniques that will allow them to practice and refine skills that will help them in many aspects of life such as presentation, vocal and physical communication and team building. There are a variety of cross-curricular links with other subjects such as English, History and Music, helping students to succeed in all areas of their education.


GCSE Drama 

Students can opt to continue their studies in Drama at GCSE level.

Key subject aims 

  •  The Edexcel GCSE in Drama 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.


Course Outline: 

Following the initial program of study where students will be introduced to a variety of explorative strategies,  gain an understanding of the use of the drama medium and learn how to recognise and apply the elements of drama, students will go on to complete 3 internally and externally assessed Units.

Unit 1: Drama Exploration - 30% of the GCSE

This Unit is made up of 2 parts:

  •  A practical exploration, consisting of 6 teacher led workshops, of a theme or topic using a variety of drama activities that will help students deepen their understanding of the issues raised. Students will study a variety of stimuli and will come to appreciate how the dramatic medium and strategies studied during the course can be used to create drama form and communicate meaning. 
  •  A documentary response that will allow students to reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others during the 6 practical workshops.

The emphasis in Unit 1 is on the process of creating drama rather than on performance.

Unit 2: Exploring Play Texts – 30% of the GCSE

This Unit is made up of 3 parts:

  •  Participation in 6 teacher led workshops that will allow students to explore a play text using a variety of explorative strategies.
  •  A documentary response analysing and evaluating the student’s own work and the work of others during the exploration process.
  •  An evaluation of a live performance of a complete play.

Unit 3: Drama Performance – 40% of the GCSE

This unit provides students with the opportunity to:

  •  demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of practical drama skills through their application to a live performance
  •  communicate to an audience.

Students will either devise their own piece of theatre based upon a theme or topic set by the exam board or they can produce their own interpretation of a published play.

There is also an option to combine published material with devised work to produce