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Drama is an exciting and challenging option that involves creating and reviewing performances, both scripted and unscripted. Working in groups, students will develop skills, such as characterisation, voice and movement, which they will apply to a range of performances, including college productions, external performances and smaller studio presentations. This year, we are delighted to broaden the offer to GCSE students, to include production skills, including lighting, costume and set design. The course is divided into coursework (60%), and a final written exam (40%).

Drama students explore, through practical approaches, works by a range of playwrights, and perform or design responses to them. Students also develop the ability to respond critically to live performances that they see. Regular theatre trips and visits to Treviglas by touring companies are organised to support students in this aspect. We have outstanding links with local, regional and national theatre organisations that really benefit our students, including work experience opportunities.

Several GCSE students continue onto A-level and, increasingly, degree level. Some have recently performed with Kneehigh. Our Post 16 drama students have won the drama category at Falmouth University’s CreatEd for the past two years.

The creative arts are worth billions of pounds to the UK economy, and there are numerous career opportunities within theatre and education that are supported by GCSE drama. Drama can also complement work completed in other subjects, such as music and English literature, due to the skills developed within sessions.