IntroductionThe Performing Arts department at Ebbw Fawr Learning Community is responsible for teaching Drama throughout the school, providing courses in which the focus is firmly centred on practical work. Drama and Performing Arts is a popular choice of subject at GCSE where the practical exploration of drama is complemented by the study of important practitioners and performance theory. The department continues to develop and maintain the vibrant theatre traditions of the school by means of an eclectic range of drama, musicals and plays.

You will learn to:

  • Communicate and work collaboratively
  • Plan by selecting and interpreting appropriate genres, styles and conventions
  • Develop your appraisal skills through evaluation, analysis and reflection

Course Topics

  • Devised Thematic work
  • Acting
  • Theatre in education
  • Improvisation
  • Physical Theatre
  • Sound
  • Stage Management
  • Set design
  • Costume
  • Make–up
  • Props
  • Masks
  • Puppets
  • Lighting
  • Mime

Why study Drama?

  • “In Drama, I can be myself and be someone else at the same time. Nothing else lets me do this!” ~ GCSE Drama Student

You will be taken on a theatrical journey that involves experimenting, researching, creating and performing covering a wide range of genres and techniques. This is an opportunity for you as actors to perform your own devised theatre work, and for the technicians among you. You can further develop your technical skills including; lighting, sound and sound management. GCSE Drama does not just develop a person’s appreciation and understanding of the subject, but it also develops a persons social and communication skills needed in the wider world.

Key Stage 3 Assessment

GCSE Drama is divided into two components:

  • Pupils are assessed 3 times a year.
  • Pupils will undertake a role in a group performance and will be individually assessed using grading criteria developed by the Arts Council.
  • Pupils can be assessed as actors, technicians and designers enabling all pupils to access and develop a range of skills.

Key Stage 4 Assessment

GCSE Drama is divided into two components:

  • Coursework: – 2 practical’s comprises of 60% of the GCSE
  • Written Examination: – Comprises of 40% of the GCSE


You will choose 2 of the course topics. One topic will be assessed in Year 10, the second will be assessed in Year 11 by an external moderator.



There are many career opportunities available within the field of Performing Arts. Below is a list showing some of them:

Artistic Academic Management Technical
Actor Teacher Arts Development Officer Designer
Director Lecturer Marketing & Public Relations Stage Manager
Producer Research Arts Administration Wardrobe
Writer Arts Critic Promoter Make-up Artist
Dancer Author Costume Designer
Journalist Sound engineer
Solicitor Lighting Designer



Miss R Bull
Subject Leader Drama & Performing Arts

Miss H Webley
Teacher of English, Drama &Performing Arts

Mrs R Edwards
Teacher of English, Drama &Performing Arts

Mrs S Chapple
Teacher of English, Drama &Performing Arts

Mr C Morris
Teacher of Music, Drama & Performing Arts