In 2016, the Edexcel exam board released a new and improved specification for Drama. The amendments create a course which has: a clear and coherent structure, practical focus, contains engaging prescribed texts to explore, a free choice of performance texts, the fair assessment of students' performance and design skills, clear and straightforward question papers, in addition to allowing students to attain the transferable skills for progression at A-Level. Please see their website for more details:


As a department, we aim to offer exciting and alternative ways to learning about theatre in a safe and inspiring environment. We explore contrasting styles of theatre and students are pushed to challenge their ability. There are ample opportunities to create your own work as well as adapt well-known scripts into a performance of your own. In addition, there are opportunities to take on the role of director and designer to vary your skills.

The Red Tree

This unit requires students to engage in a programme of work that will help them appreciate how a variety of drama activities can be used to deepen their understanding of drama form. Students will learn that it is through practical engagement that understanding might be enriched. The unit requires students to explore a theme, topic or issue through the medium of drama. Stimuli, chosen by the teacher, will allow students to deepen their understanding of the central aspects of the chosen theme, topic or issue and come to appreciate how the dramatic medium and strategies can be used to create drama form and communicate meaning. The process of teaching this unit will be based on sharing work with others and responding to constructive feedback. This will offer students the opportunity to:

  • Engage in a range of drama activities
  • Explore a range of stimuli chosen across different times and cultures
  • Make connections and comparisons between different stimuli
  • Students will have the opportunity to make connections between different stimuli which support the theme, topic or issue and explore the creative potential of the material. The work produced for this unit is intended to have meaning for their live audience

During the practical exploration students will be given the opportunity to work in a variety of different sized groups. The practical exploration will aim to not only lead to a final group performance but also explore:

  • Contrasting theatre practitioners
  • Contemporary and conventional styles of theatre
  • Explorative strategies and rehearsal techniques
  • The drama medium
  • Script writing
  • Design elements