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Learning at West Coventry Academy



“Drama is every aspect of life, is you, is me, and is someone else. To speak, to listen and to understand, presenting, provoking and participating in an imagined world.” Drama inspires students at West Coventry Academy to participate, create and perform. Students are invited to explore a range of techniques and skills in rehearsal and performances, through the use of a wide range of excellent plays and thought-provoking stimuli. Students share their work with each other in lesson time and enjoy the wide range of themes covered in the subject; giving them the opportunity to develop not only their self-confidence, but their own opinions and ability to explore topics with each other, devising and directing their own ideas and scripts.

KS3 Drama 


Qualification: GCSE          Exam Board: OCR

Is Drama for you?

Do you enjoy working with others?

Do you have an interest in the history of the theatre and performance styles?

Are you able to perform in front of others?

Do you want the opportunity to write you own piece of Drama?

Are you committed, passionate and dedicated to becoming a part of the Drama department during and after school.

Do you enjoy reading and analyzing plays and writing responses that explore character?

What Will You Do?

Build up your skills and techniques in voice and movement

Develop your confidence as a performer

Learn to interpret plays as a director or performer

Use different acting styles to create performance pieces

Discover how lighting, sound and costume can add to the effect of a performance

Learn to be an effective critic of performances – in school and by professional actors

Assessment Details:

You will be assessed through three separate components, as detailed below:

Component 1 – Devising from a stimulus 30%
You will research and explore a stimulus, work collaboratively and create your own devised piece. You will also complete a portfolio (written or recorded) of evidence throughout the process.

Component 2 – Performance from Text 30%
You will develop and apply theatrical skills in acting or design by presenting a showcase of two extracts from a performance text.

Component 3 – Written paper 40%
This is a written examination lasting 1 hour 30 minutes.
Section A – questions on an extract from a play that you have worked practically on
Section B – questions on a piece of live theatre.

Possible Career Options:

  • Retail
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Law
  • Social Work
  • Personnel/HR
  • Events organiser
  • In the Performing Arts & Media
  • Backstage and production roles
  • Entertainer
  • Presenter
  • Actor
  • Drama therapist
  • Teacher

Further Education:

  • A/AS level in Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Vocational A Level in Performing Arts
  • BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in Performing Arts / Acting
  • Performing Design and Technology