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Key Stage 3

Once a week students  study a performance based  skills course that covers hot seating, freeze frames, movement drama, play-scripts, improvisation, pair work and rehearsal techniques.

The course not only seeks to equip them for stage performance, but supports the students in team-building, group-work, leadership and independent learning.

This has been shown to have an impact both on their confidence / empathy and progress in other areas of the curriculum. During the two years students learn drama skills by studying a variety of engaging topics that link to the KS4 syllabus.

Key Stage 4 / Level 2 Diploma in Creative & Performing Arts

Drama at KS4 is all about understanding what it is like to put yourself in somebody else’s shoes. It is about increasing confidence and learning to use a range of Explorative Strategies.  You will play many parts in different imaginary situations. You will have the opportunity to create your own work as well as look at plays written by other people.

The course aims to extend your appreciation of Drama and Theatre to enable you to develop your communication skills and your creative and imaginative abilities.  You will be encouraged to develop concentration, observation and listening skills, and to understand the feelings and behaviour of other people. The work will require you to co-operate and work with others, as well as to make an individual contribution and to work independently of others.  

You will learn how to use exploratory strategies to respond to texts, how to use the elements of Drama and how to choose an appropriate drama method to convey meaning.


The Level 2 Diploma in Creative and Performing Arts equips learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding for entry to employment in the creative and performing arts industries or progression to further study at a higher level. The qualification aims to offer practical structured learning with the flexibility to specialise in different disciplines relevant to employment within the creative and performing arts industries, including dance, acting and musical theatre.


Further details on the Level 2 Diploma can be found here.

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