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Curriculum Intent

Whilst studying drama, students will develop a knowledge of theatrical skills and techniques, which in turn will enhance their confidence, teamwork, and communication skills, that will prove invaluable throughout their lives. The engaging and inclusive curriculum provides an opportunity for students to enhance a huge range of skills to support them throughout their schooling, including: emotional intelligence, focus, resilience, leadership, problem solving, creativity, and cooperation. Drama enables students to explore the world we live in and understand cultural diversity. Social themes and issues are explored during devising lessons, and students are encouraged to express themselves in a safe learning environment. We aim to nurture an appreciation and enjoyment of theatre, where students focus on creativity and imagination. During KS3 students receive one drama lesson per week, studying a range of theatrical styles that will develop key drama skills and techniques. We also encourage students to expand their knowledge outside of the classroom, by providing educational visits and extra-curricular activities.

Drama is a practical subject, where students are assessed each term through teacher, peer and self-assessment. KS3 focuses on practical drama skills and techniques and students are assessed on their rehearsal techniques, performances, and written critical analysis.

Year 7

Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Term 6
Bringing Stories to Life Through DramaTheatre in EducationDevising – Our World

Physical Theatre

Commedia Dell’artePerformance from Text



Year 8 

Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Term 6
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-timeGhost StoriesDevising – Our WorldRefugee BoyLive Theatre ReviewTheatre Practitioners



Year 9 

Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Term 6

Stage Combat

Blood BrothersDevising from StimuliTheatre of the Absurd DNA – Bringing texts to lifeDNA - Performance

GCSE Drama

Edexcel Drama GCSE gives students the opportunity to create their own work, perform scripted plays and study live performances. Throughout the course students continue to develop their acting skills, including the use of; voice, physicality, characterisation and improvisation. Lessons are very practical and involve a great deal of collaborative work. The course is very flexible and offers options for not only actors, but also those wishing to explore design elements, including lighting, sound, and costume. Alongside these practical skills we also undertake the study and analysis of play texts to experience how a production team of actors, designers, technicians and directors might transfer a play from the page to stage. Students will attend live theatrical performances to support them in both the performance and written aspects of the course.

Course Components

Component 1: Devising – 40% - 60 marks. Students create their own devised performance based on one of a range of stimuli. In addition to the performance, students will be marked on an accompanying portfolio with evidence of the process and decisions made whilst creating and developing their performance.

Component 2: Performance from Text – 20% - 48 marks. Students take part in a live scripted performance which includes two extracts from the same play. Students will also be required to produce a short accompanying document which outlines their intentions for and approach to the performance.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice – 40% - 60 marks. This requires students to study one performance text in detail from a set list given by the exam board. In Section B, students will be required to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen using accurate subject-specific terminology.

Year 10

Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Term 6
Component 1: Responding to a stimulus & PortfolioComponent 1: continued & Component 3: Live Theatre ReviewComponent 1: Devised Performance & PortfolioComponent 3: DNA Exam TechniqueComponent 3: Exploring technical theatreComponent 2: Performance from Text

Year 11

Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Term 6
Component 2: Performance from TextComponent 2: continued & Component 3: Exam technique & Live Theatre ReviewComponent 2: Performance from Text ExamComponent 3: Exam technique & revisionComponent 3: Exam technique & revisionGCSEs

Assessment GCSE

 Component 1: DevisingComponent 2: Performance from TextComponent 3: Writte Exam - 1hr 45mins
Overall Percentage and Marks


60 Marks


48 Marks


60 Marks
  • Portfolio - 45 Marks
  • Performance - 15 Marks
  • Internally assessed
  • Group Performance of two extracts – 24 Marks each
  • Externally assessed
  • A: Bringing Texts to Life (DNA) – 45 Marks
  • B: Live Theatre Evaluation – 15 Marks


Drama Learning Journey

Please see attached the Learning Journey for Drama.

Useful online resources:

Theatre31 | Theatre for young people, by young people | Medway & Sheppey

GCSE Drama - Eduqas - BBC Bitesize

V&A · Theatre & Performance (

The Stage - Home

Drama and dance schools at The Brook Theatre | Medway Council

Careers in Drama

Many students go on to study a degree in drama and theatre at university.  Drama provides students with an extensive amount of tranferable skills that can be used across all industries. Some of those skills include:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Motivation
  • Communication
  • Confidence
  • Teamwork
  • Negotiation and conflict management
  • Creativity
  • Working well under pressure and meeting deadlines.

Some of the careers where studying drama is useful are:

  • Drama Therapist
  • Actor
  • Community Arts Worker
  • Broadcast Presenter
  • Director
  • Stage Manager
  • Teacher
  • Media Researcher
  • Lecturer
  • Playwriter
  • Production manager
  • Lighting/Costume/Sound/Set Designer
  • Lawyer or any public speaking role
  • Events Manager
  • Stunt Double
  • Outreach Worker
  • Theatre Technician
  • Marketing Manager

British Values

The drama curriculum at Holcombe Grammar school ensures that British Values are embedded in to our schemes of work. Students in KS3 are introduced to theatre that explores social and political injustice, with a focus on democracy. Students are provided with an opportunity to develop their own theatre based on their beliefs and injustices in their own lives. When working together in drama, students need to respect each other’s ideas and opinions and devise theatre for target audiences. Students will be taking on roles of various characters and will be required to undertake some research based on differing beliefs and cultures and apply their findings to their character and performance. Our schemes of work aim to contribute to the students understanding and contribution to the world that we live in.