“Acting is not about being famous; it is about exploring the human soul” – Annette Bening

Drama students explore a range of practical art forms, and work independently to create their own performances, making artistic choices. The qualification allows students to study in an academic setting, interrogating this art form and applying their knowledge and understanding to the process of creating drama and applying this to their own performance. Drama provides a fantastic curriculum to ignite and engage learners’ creativity, passion and interests. Students explore their interests and develop their skills in performance or design. There is freedom to experiment and take risks while developing their own style. The Drama course will help create independent students, critical thinkers and effective decision-makers, all personal attributes that can make students stand out as they progress through education and into employment.

Course content

Component 1: Devising
Students work in groups creating and developing ideas to devise a piece of Drama. Students record the creative process throughout in a portfolio.

Component 2: Presenting and Performing
Students interpret and explore a performance text, performing two key extracts from it. Students are taught theatrical skills whilst applying their presentation and performance skills.

Component 3: Performance and Response
Students need to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how drama is developed, performed and responded to.

Skills developed

Drama will encourage learners to:

• Work collaboratively to generate, develop and communicate ideas.
• Develop as creative, effective, independent and reflective students who are 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.
• Adopt safe working practices.


Description Length Percentage Comment
Devising 30%
Presenting and Performing 30%
Performance and Response 40%


Studying drama can lead to a number of varied careers including:

  • Actor
  • Teacher
  • Coach
  • Wedding planner
  • Lawyer
  • Journalist
  • Writer
  • TV Presenter
  • Designer
  • Dancer
  • Community arts worker
  • Artist