Curriculum | Drama

Faculty Vision

Performing Arts at Levenshulme aims to unlock the use of imagination, intellect, empathy and courage.

Curriculum Overview:

  • Year 7 – 5 periods as part of the ‘Dream Day’ curriculum
  • Year 8 – 1 period of Drama or Music on rotation every half term.
  • Year 9 – 1 period of Drama or Music

Options offered at the end of Year 9:

  • GCSE Drama (AQA)
  • BTEC tech awards – Performing Arts – Pearson

Topics Covered:

Year 7

In Year 7, pupils follow the Dream Day curriculum. This allows them to explore a full day’s learning within each Expressive Arts area (Drama, Music, Art and EPR) every Half Term. Pupils will explore their place within school, within the wider community, and globally. Topics include: Mime, Matilda, The Secret Garden, Shakespeare, Greek Myths, and Folk Tales. Students will develop use of Drama skills in all these topics and also develop literacy skills in journal writing. All resources and preparation for sessions will be available on the VLE.

Year 8

In Years 7 & 8 students will continue to build on and develop a range of skills and techniques in Drama in six week rotations. They explore these through a variety of themes and also learn about different styles of Drama. All students develop performance skills and learn to evaluate their own practice as well as that of their peers. Topics include; The Phantom of the Opera, Alice in Wonderland and Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night Time. Students will be asked to develop research and reflection skills also. All topics are supported on the VLE.

Year 9

In Year 9 students follow the structure of the AQA Drama GCSE course. They focus on performance tasks but will be expected to keep a detailed drama journal in which they develop note taking skills as well as detailed evaluations and be expected to do independent research tasks. They will develop both scripted and devised performance skills during the year. They keep a reflective journal in which a record of development and evaluations are recorded. Topics include; Greek Theatre, Gothic Horror, Taming of the Shrew/Hamlet: an in-depth study of Shakespeare, DNA and Monologues. All topics are supported on the VLE

Options offered at the end of Year 9

GCSE Drama
Component 1: written exam 40%
Component 2: devised drama 30%
Component 3: scripted performance of two extracts from the same play 30%

Units studied in year 10

Students begin the year by preparing for and performing in the Shakespeare for Schools national performance. This helps develop drama skills. They will also learn about the world of Theatre. In year 10 students will also be expected to complete Component 2, the devising unit, which includes a detailed devising log with 20% of the marks for that component. The performance itself is worth 10% of the marks.

Units studied in year 11

The year will begin with a focus on completing the scripted performance for Component Three and then the rest of the year is dedicated to Component one in preparation for the written This includes the study of the set text: Hansel and Gretel, and also the study of a live performance.
Students prepare for the written paper with ongoing written evaluations but also through the use of PPE’s to practice working under exam conditions.

BTEC Tech Award, Performing arts, Pearson
Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts
Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts
Component 3: Responding to a Brief


For this unit the students will be assessed internally through the research and preparation for a performance. Students will explore a range of Drama Styles and practitioners for components one and two. This will also include some Theatre visits so that students can develop a good understanding of a range of Theatre.

In year 10

  • Performance: students will prepare a practical performance for unit two. In this unit the entire unit will be marked on what you do practically. You will have to create a performance either on your own or small groups from an already existing script. This performance will be recorded and internally assessed.
  • This unit is internally assessed by your teachers and is worth 30%.

In year 11

  • Students will have to create a log book/presentation to show their exploration of acting and live performances. Throughout this unit the students will be able to produce public performances that will be assessed by the course leader.
  • Students will then have to create a presentation that will be assessed internally.
  • This unit is worth 30% and is internally assessed by your teachers.

Component Three:

  • Responding to a Brief requires learners to apply performances skills and techniques in response to a brief and stimulus developing group performance workshop for a selected audience. This module will be externally assessed and allows the student to major in the aspect of theatre that they are most interested in, from acting, to writing, to costume design.
  • This unit is worth 40% and is externally assessed.

School Address

Levenshulme High School
Crossley Road
M19 1FS

Academy / Executive Headteacher: Dr J. MacKinnon PhD 


0161 224 4625


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