Curriculum – KS5 Drama

About this subject

Examination Board: Edexcel

Units Taken: Components 1 – 3

Link to Specification: Click here.

Course Content

The course is rooted in the application of Dramatic theories in relation to acting, designing, devising and directing.

From Brecht to Berkoff, Complicite to Frantic Assembly, Artaud to Stanislavski: you will explore the ideas and concepts of key players in theatrical history to make and develop your skills, knowledge and understanding of Drama and Theatre Studies.

Component 1:  Devising – Students will devise an original performance piece, using one key extract from The Visit by Friedrich Durrenmatt and a theatre practitioner as stimuli.  This is a student led component with the teacher acting as facilitator and examiner.  Students are assessed on their performance (10% of A Level) and a 3000 word portfolio that describes and evaluates their process and performance (30% of A Level)

Component 2: Text in Performance – A group performance of one key extract from a performance text chosen and directed by your teacher.  A monologue or duologue performance from one key extract from a different performance text chosen by students and self-directed with support from your teacher (20% of A Level)

Component 3: Theatre in Practice – A 2.5 hour written paper in which you: Write a live theatre evaluation.  Practically explore and study Machinal by Sophie Treadwell – enabling students to write about how it could be realised for performance. ● Practical exploration and interpretation of Woyzeck by Georg Buchner, in light of Brecht – enabling students to write about how this text could be reimagined for a contemporary audience.  (40% of A Level)

Skills Gained from Taking this Course

As an Actor, you will develop the vocal and movement skills that impact on the range of characters you are able to perform.

As a Designer, you will root your ideas about set, lighting and costume firmly in a concept that communicates the impact of the plays social, cultural, historical and political context.

As a Director, you will lead your actors through a series of rehearsals based on your own vision of a set text, as well as compare the performance of a Shakespeare play with its original performance conditions.

The work you will undertake challenges you physically, emotionally and intellectually. You will develop as a reflective practitioner to understand more deeply the impact on dramatic in our society in a local, national and international context.

St Marylebone Entry Requirements

To gain entry into the sixth form at St Marylebone School, students must gain a minimum of five 9-6 grades at GCSE and a 5 grade in English and Maths GCSE.

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in English Literature GCSE or English Language GCSE,
Grade 6 in Drama GCSE,


successful suitability test.

Entry Suggestions

Students need to be:

  • Confident performers
  • Able to analyse texts
  • Have good evaluative skills
  • Be able to work in a group and independently

If you are made an offer, you will be expected to complete the following before your first lesson in September:

Write a 500 word evaluation of a piece of live theatre you have seen, either live on stage or via a streaming service. Focus on one specific moment, and how all the performance elements and staging combined to create impact for the audience.

Buy and read a copy of Machinal by Sophie Treadwell, available at Main site library (ISBN 978-1-85459-211-8).

Resources Needed for this Course:

  • Machinal by Sophie Treadwell, available at Main site library (ISBN 978-1-85459-211-8).
  • A folder and note pad.
  • Comfortable practical clothes i.e. Leggings or Jogging bottoms.

Scholarship Guidance Document – Performing Arts