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Welcome to the Drama Department at New College Leicester.

The Drama Department is part of Performing Arts which is within the Expressive Arts Faculty making for a very interesting and exciting curriculum. The Drama Department offers students a wide variety of activities within specialist facilities. These include a fully equipped Drama Studio and a state of the art Theatre.

Our Purpose

  • To provide opportunities for students to engage in activities
  • Offer opportunities to experience excellence in Arts and Culture
  • To achieve outstanding outcomes

All students study Drama at Key Stage 3, Year 7 are taught in rotation with Dance and receive one hour of drama a week every other half term. Year 8 study drama one hour a week.

In Year 9 students are given the option to select Drama in their pathway options, students who opt for drama have 4 hours across a two-week timetable.

In Year 10 and 11 students are currently studying the Level 2 BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts and have 5 hours across a two-week timetable.

All year groups are taught mixed ability and work is differentiated to meet the needs of individual students.

Key Stage 3

By the end of Key Stage 3 students will be prepared to achieve the best of their ability when it comes to their BTEC course. They will have acquired:

  • A knowledge and understanding of drama as an art form
  • The ability to explore, create and develop their own drama
  • The capability to apply a range of acting skills and techniques for performance
  • The correct drama vocabulary to successfully and appropriately evaluate their own and others work
Term Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Autumn term Introduction to drama
West Side Story
Silent Movies
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Workshop performances
Scripted dramas
Spring term Physical Theatre Soap Opera Practitioners
Summer term Melo-drama Devising Responding to a brief

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 students study a BTEC course in Performing Arts.

Currently, Year 10 and 11 are studying BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts Level 1/Level 2.

Components of study:

The course is taught over 120 guided learning hours (GLH). The qualification has three components that focus on the assessment of knowledge, skills and practices. These are all essential to developing a basis for progression and therefore learners need to demonstrate attainment across all components to achieve the qualification.

Term Component title Assessment method
Autumn term Exploring the Performing Arts Internal
Spring term Developing skills and techniques in the Performing Arts Internal
Summer term Performing to a brief Synoptic external



In addition to the curriculum time at New College Leicester, we also offer an extra-curricular program. We have stretch and challenge opportunities which involve students being actively involved in whole school productions as well as regular opportunities for students to see professional performances through a variety of trips.

Thank you,

Miss E Shaw – Head of Drama

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