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Miss Papworth

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.

All students study Drama at Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) for one hour a week.

In Year 9 students are given the option to select Drama as one of their option subjects and if selected they study drama for 5 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 analyse and evaluate their own and others work
Term Year 7 Year 8
Autumn term 1 Baseline assessment (monologues) Baseline assessment (monologues)
Autumn term 2 The Wind in the Willows (scripted) Our Day Out (scripted)
Spring term 1 Anti-bullying (dramatic technique) Runaways (dramatic technique)
Spring term 2 Physical theatre (style) Improvisation (style)
Summer term 1 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (devised) Man in the Mirror (responding to stimulus)
Summer term 2 Yes You Can! (responding to stimulus) Soap Opera (genre and style)

Key Stage 4

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

Currently, Year 9, 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.

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts
Term Component title Assessment method GLH
Autumn term Exploring the Performing Arts Internal 36
Spring term Developing skills and techniques in the Performing Arts Internal 36
Summer term Performing to a brief Synoptic external 48


Thank you,

Miss R Papworth – Head of Drama

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