Drama at Box Hill School

Key Stage 3

Our KS3 Drama curriculum is based upon developing student imagination, communication and creativity whilst assessing progress in the three essential areas of making, performing and responding in Drama.
The lessons focus on building a strong foundation of performance skills and developing interpersonal and communication skills. All lessons are taught practically in the purpose built studio making use of the lighting and sound rig.
The KS3 curriculum is wide ranging and currently covers; Dramatic styles, genres, text, social issues, improvisation techniques, mask work, scripting and using performance support techniques. A variety of workshops and theatre visits are organised and theatre companies are regularly invited into school to support and extend curriculum learning.
Content and assessment are based on the descriptors set out in the Arts Council publication ‘Drama in Schools’

- Work confidently in groups using a range of Drama techniques to devise dramas for different purposes
- Plan and shape plays using of a range of techniques and conventions to express their ideas, e.g. narration, split scenes, freeze frames and mime in physical theatre
- Actively stage the work of playwrights, for example Missing Dan Nolan by Mark Wheelan
Write and perform their own simple scripts, demonstrating an understanding of some theatre conventions
Establish a range of characters using movement and vocal skills.


- Learn lines, collaborate with others and organise simple presentations
- Present ideas to an audience
- Experiment with their voices and movement to create or present different characters in performance
- Develop spatial awareness and effective use of stage space.
- To create appropriate mood and atmosphere by using sound and light.

Demonstrate an awareness of some theatre traditions from different times and places e.g physical theatre Melodrama
Discuss the themes or issues in the drama and the way they were presented
Reflect on and evaluate their own and other pupils’ work, suggest improvements and use correct basic theatre terminology


Students follow the new Edexcel GCSE Drama which has been designed to engage students through encouraging creativity, focusing on practical work (which reflects twenty-first century theatre practice) and developing skills that will support progression to further study of drama and a wide range of other subjects.

Students will develop a multitude of skills, including collaboration, communication, empathy and an understanding of how to amend and refine work. These transferable skills will enable both a smooth transition to the next level of study and the development of confident and articulate young Adults.


The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding when making, performing and responding to drama
  • Explore performance texts, understanding their social, cultural and historical context including the theatrical conventions of the period in which they were created
  • Develop a range of theatrical skills and apply them to create performances
  • Work collaboratively to generate, develop and communicate ideas
  • Develop as creative, effective, independent and reflective students able to make informed choices in process and performance
  • Contribute as an individual to a theatrical performance
  • Reflect on and evaluate their own work and that of others
  • Develop an awareness and understanding of the roles and processes undertaken in contemporary professional theatre practice.


The GCSE consists of two coursework components and one externally examined written paper.


Coursework -40% of the qualification. 60 marks

Content overview:

  • Create and develop a devised piece from a stimulus (free choice for centre).
  • Performance of this devised piece or design realisation for this performance.
  • Analyse and evaluate the devising process and performance.
  • Performer or designer routes available.

Assessment overview:

  • Internally assessed and externally moderated.
  • There are two parts to the assessment:

1. A portfolio covering the creating and developing process and analysis and evaluation of this process (45 marks, 30 marks assessing AO1 and 15 marks assessing AO4). The portfolio submission recommendations are:

- can be handwritten/typed evidence between 1500–2000 words or
- can be recorded/verbal evidence between 8–10 minutes

- can be a combination of handwritten/typed evidence (between 750–1000 words) and recorded/verbal evidence (between 4–5 minutes)

2. A devised performance/design realisation (15 marks, assessing AO2).



Coursework- 20% of the qualification - 48 marks

Content overview:

Students will either perform in and/or design for two key extracts from a performance text.
Centre choice of performance text.
Performer or designer routes available.

Assessment overview

  • Externally assessed by visiting examiner.
  • Performance/design realisation covering both key extracts is worth 48 marks.
  • If two separate performances are done covering two key extracts, then each performance/design realisation is worth 24 marks.



Written Exam: 1hour 30 minutes - 40% of the qualification - 60 marks

Content overview:

  • Practical exploration and study of one complete performance text.
  • Choice of eight performance texts.
  • Live theatre evaluation – free choice of production.

Assessment overview

Section A: Bringing texts to life -45 marks.
This section consists of one question broken into six parts (short and extended responses) based on an unseen extract from the chosen performance text.

Performance texts are not allowed in the examination as the extracts will be provided.

Section B: Live Theatre Evaluation -15 marks.
This section consists of two questions requiring students to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen.

Students are allowed to bring in theatre evaluation notes of up to a maximum of 500 words.


Further study

Drama can continue to be studied in our sixth form, either as part of the International Baccalaureate or as a separate A-Level.

- Theatre as part of the International Baccalaureate

- Drama and Theatre Studies A-Level