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Course description 

In drama, we deliver interesting and engaging schemes of work, combining issue based drama with units which focus more on the drama canon as a distinct subject. In doing so, we allow students to explore issues, giving a voice to their ideas and allowing them to express themselves in a productive and safe environment. The KS3 curriculum will mirror the structure of KS4 VCerts, where students work on developing, devising and rehearsing a final product over a number of weeks. Learning will explore a wide range of themes, building in opportunities to collaborate, explore, devise and create as well as give constructive and respectful feedback to their peers.

Key Stage 3 

Years 7 & 8

Year 7

In year 7 students are taught a range of subject-specific skills and techniques in creating and performing Drama. Through practical involvement they develop their group and cooperative skills. They will also start to learn how to use Drama to explore ideas and issues, as well as finding ways of bringing dramatic texts to life for an audience.

  • Devising with Props
  • Spontaneous Improvisation
  • Status and Performance
  • Physical Theatre
  • Responding to historical events
  • Soap Operas

Year 8

In year 8 these skills are built on, with a strong emphasis on practical performance skills. Students will also extend their ability to explore through practical Drama challenging issues such as joyriding. 

  • Responding to Stimulus
  • Non Naturalistic Performance
  • Physical Theatre
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Exploring Performance through stories of Norwich.

Assessing Progress

Work is assessed each half term.


Key Stage 4 

​Years 9 & 10

Students will draw on the skills learnt from lower school to work towards the VCert Certificate, with a strong emphasis on collaborative development and performance. Students will study a range of units that will allow them to explore and experience the skills and techniques used by actors, further developing their vocal and movement skills and their ability to explore and take on characters in a range of performance projects.

KS4: Vcert level 2 

Creative Studies, Performance Skills.

Provided by NCFE.  

Assessing Progress

Ongoing assessment as per exam board recommendations, taking a variety of forms including written work, recorded rehearsals and final performances. 

Tracking assessments will continue regularly throughout the year at least half termly.There will be a formal Mock examination period during Autumn 2 for both courses in their second year.



Students will be expected to learn lines and rehearse.  There will also be specific theory homework set when relevant.


Throughout our curriculum we will provide activities and opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to identify risks and stay safe.  This will also be extended to include material that will encourage our children to develop essential life skills.

Career Opportunities

Students will be made aware of career opportunities in the creative industries. There will be opportunities to go on trips to the Theatre and other specific beneficial visits.

The VCert specifically prepares students for progression to a career in the creative industry.