Curriculum Information about Drama at King James I Academy

Teaching Staff


  • Joanne Howard (Director of Learning)
  • Todd Murgatroyd
  • Samantha Wilkinson


Department Information

The Drama specification is diverse, practical and accessible to students of all abilities. Drama engages and encourages students to become confident performers and designers with the skills they need for a bright and successful future. The arts industry is the fastest growing industry in the UK. The ability to communicate effectively and have confidence in yourself, is important in every vocation, but most importantly in life.


Key Stage 4: Drama

Course Title: GCSE Drama

Syllabus: AQA


Component 1: Understanding drama (Written Exam) 40% of GCSE Final Grade

Component 2: Devising drama (Practical Coursework) 40% of GCSE Final Grade

Component 3: Texts in practice (Practical Exam) 20% of GCSE Final Grade

Students will have the opportunity to visit local theatres and performances to both influence their work and review as part of their written exam.


Year 10

Component 2: Devising drama (practical): 80 marks in total: 40% of GCSE

  • Process of creating devised drama
  • Performance of devised drama
  • Analysis and evaluation of own work
  • Devising log (60 marks)
  • Devised performance (20 marks)


This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.


Year 11

Component 3: Texts in practice (practical exam):  40 marks in total: 20% of GCSE

  • Performance of two extracts from one play script
  • Performance of Extract 1 (20 marks) and Extract 2 (20 marks)


Component 1: Understanding drama (Written Exam): 1 hour and 45 minutes: 80 marks: 40% of GCSE

Section A: multiple choice- Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre (4 marks)

Section B: four questions on a given extract from the set play chosen (44 marks)

Section C: Analysis and evaluation- one question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (32 marks)

Year 10

Year 11

Drama devising Skills


Staging Forms

Interpreting Text

Interpreting Stimuli

Performance of Script

How to engage an audience

Theatre roles

Stimulus: Power

Live Theatre Evaluation

Performance of Devised Piece

Study of the play: The Crucible by Arthur Miller