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KS4 Creative Arts

Course Outline

Students explore a range of dramatic skills. They will learn a variety of dramatic techniques and understand their impact on an audience; perform extracts of text; devise their own drama and evaluate live theatre.

Students gain skills in art forms, ranging from drama and music to crafts, which enables them to explore their own well-being and safeguarding.

 Through the creative process students use imagination; when solving problems to looks at positive outcomes to situations as opposed to the negative that they may have experienced, critical thinking, and physical and mental skills.

Year 11 students focus on GCSE Drama. Learners choose to be assessed on either Acting or Design (non-performance route)

Class 4 and 5
Class 6

Autumn 1

Introduction into GCSE Drama

Introduction into GCSE Drama

Autumn 2

Art- Identity

Component 1- Performance

Spring 1

Drama- Performance Skills

Working with a Stimulus

Component 1- Performance

Spring 2

Performing from Text- East is East

Component 2- Performance from Text

Summer 1

Art- Exhibition Piece

Component 2- Performance from Text

Summer 2

Art- Final Project

Component 3- Written Exam

How the course is assessed

Pupils will receive verbal feedback on their performances and have opportunity to improve their practical work. Pupils will also receive feedback on any written work and opportunities to improve this work in order to develop their written responses.


To get started with their Coursework students will initially work on a series of workshop- based activities, which aim to build up self-confidence quickly, as the activities are designed to virtually guarantee impressive outcomes. Students then pick from a selection of themes and base their work in interpreting their chosen theme. They look at the work of other artists, make sketchbooks and scrap books, and experiment with different materials, gaining skills along the way and building up a coursework portfolio that reflects their individuality and their own personal interpretation of the theme they choose.

GCSE Drama
Component 1- Devising Theatre

Internally assessed, externally moderated, 40% of qualification, 60 marks.

Learners are required to devise a piece of original theatre in response to a stimulus, using either the techniques of an influential theatre practitioner or the characteristics of a genre of drama.

Component 2- Performing from a Text

Externally assessed by a visiting examiner 20% of qualification 60 marks Learners are required to participate in a performance from a text. Learners will gain a deeper understanding of how to interpret a text for performance and realise artistic intentions.

Component 3- Interpreting Theatre Written examination

1 hour 30 minutes 40% of qualification 60 marks. This component requires learners to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and performed through the study of a performance text and through responding to live theatre.

How parents/carers can help
  • Look into local arts facilities
  • Talk to your child about educational visits to the theatre, galleries and museums
  • Watch plays online and the film versions of plays online any educational visits to the theatre
Links to online resources

BBC Bitesize Drama