Subject Template - Drama



Curriculum Leader

J. Weatherall

Teaching Staff

R. Carmichael

KS4 (Years 10 and 11) Exam Board and Course

OCR Drama

Course Breakdown














Unit 1: Devising

Students are required to plan, research, devise and develop a performance based on one of ten stimuli provided by the exam board. Students need to keep a record of their process in a written portfolio.

The performance is filmed in front of an audience of parents/ carers and marked by teaching staff according to OCR criteria.


This unit is worth 30% of the Final GCSE grade. (20% is portfolio/ 10% is performance) This is completed in the summer term of Year 10.


Unit 2: Presenting and Performing

Student’s study a range of plays, choosing one, and then selecting various extracts from that text to create a group performance and a monologue, both showing a specific directorial vision. Students also have to complete a four-question pro-forma, explaining and analysing their choices.


This unit is worth 30% of the Final GCSE grade. (20% is performance / 10% is pro- forma)

This unit will take place in the early part of term two (year 11), when a visiting examiner will watch and mark the performances.


Unit 3: Performance and Response (Written Exam)

Section A: Students will study a play chosen by the school. They will explore this play both practically and theoretically as actors, designers and directors.


Section B: Students will review a live production they have seen. (Students are taken to the theatre around Christmas.)

This is worth 40% of the final GCSE grade.

Number of Lessons Per Week



Drama and Theatre studies A level

Teaching Staff

J. Weatherall


Teaching is at The Vale Academy site.

KS5 (Years 12 and 13) Exam Board and Course

OCR Drama and Theatre Studies



Course Breakdown










Practitioners in Practice 40%

•       Components 11/12 and 13/14

•       Students will study a play chosen by the college         

•       Students will create their own devised performance influenced by the work of others. This must include: The study of two centre chosen practitioners;

•       The study/exploration of an extract from a relevant supporting text (chosen by the centre)

•       In addition to the performance, students will be marked on an accompanying research report and portfolio with evidence of the process and decisions made whilst creating and developing their performance.


Analysing Performance 20% 2.15 hours (yr13 exam)

•       Component 31

•       Students will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding and their ability to analyse and evaluate

•       In section A students will explore practical themes using extracts from two different texts from a set list given by the exam board

•       Students answer questions on one of the following three themes:

•       Heroes and Villains

•       Family Dynamics

•       Conflict

•       In section B students will analyse and evaluate a live theatre production they have seen.

•       They will write an extended essay in response to a question about the acting, directing or design of the live performance seen          


Exploring and Performing Texts 20% Visiting examiner

•       Components 21 and 22

•       Students will produce a performance based on a text chosen by the centre, which will assess their chosen theatrical skill (performance or design)

•       Students will be required to produce an accompanying concept document which outlines their intentions for the performance.

•       A visiting examiner will watch the performance with an invited audience


Deconstructing Texts for Performance 20% 1.45 hours

•       Components 41– 48       

•       This component requires students to study one set text in detail from a choice of eight set by the exam board

•       The paper will contain questions about directorial decisions for the text and assesses students’ knowledge and understanding of how Drama and Theatre is created and developed for performance.   

Number of Lessons Per Week

4 at The Vale Academy site