Qualification: GCSE in Drama

Awarding body: EDUQAS 

Through creative exploration of performance and design elements, the study of drama engages, inspires and challenges students, immersing them in the world of storytelling as an art form. Students will explore approaches to drama influenced by practitioners from a range of cultural backgrounds, with an appreciation of the importance and relevance of theatre in society.


Drama at Hermitage Academy leads students on a journey of creativity and self-expression through the exploration of core knowledge and skills.    

Students are encouraged to develop their skills as an actor, directors and designers through the creation of original and pre-published performance material. As well as developing subject-specific skills, drama provides students with the opportunity to build a range of transferable skills, from effective communication to problem-solving.   

Across the key stage, students develop acting, directorial and design skills through a range of practical workshops, analysis of live theatre and interpretation seminars. Students perform using a range of drama conventions, mediums and strategies of increasing complexity.   

Students enjoy drama because it allows them to be whoever they want to be. It gives them a voice and an opportunity to share how they view the world.  Students develop the ability to work collaboratively and are inspired to become storytellers for their audience.  

At Hermitage we cherish the opportunity to explore performing in many different ways. We provide lots of opportunities outside of the classroom for pupils to come along, join in and have fun. We have a drama and dance club where pupils can develop their confidence and social skills, as well as performance skills. We also offer the opportunity to take part in a whole school production. This includes many technical and backstage roles for pupils who would prefer to stay off the stage, as well as many roles on the stage, making sure all who want to can excel and feel confident in their skills. 

Curriculum information 


Year 10 

Devising Theatre


·       Practically explore the set text working as an actor, director and designer 


Interpreting Theatre  

·       Create your own performance material using stylistic qualities of a selected practitioner 

Interpreting Theatre 


·       Practically explore the set text working as an actor, director and designer  


Devising Theatre 

·       Create your own performance material from a stimulus using stylistic qualities of a selected practitioner




Devising Theatre 


·       Create and perform a devised piece based on chosen stimulus material   


Perform from a Text

·       Explore an extract from a text to communicate meaning to an audience


Year 11 

Performing from a Text


·       Students will perform two extracts from a play or realise a design for the actors within the play.  


Interpreting Theatre  

·       Practically explore a contemporary play from an actor, director’s and a designer’s perspective, prior to realising vision in a written response. 


·       Evaluate live theatre from an acting and design perspective 

Interpreting Theatre 

·       Create a vision for a contemporary play from an actor, director’s and a designer’s perspective, prior to realising in a written exam.


·       Evaluate live theatre from an acting and design perspective.




I love being able to work creatively in groups to devise new material and express myself.
Student, Rebecca
I have always wanted to pursue a career in performing arts and taking the course has inspired me to continue to explore the arts.
Student, Daniel