Drama Department

At UCC, drama is thriving and is widely viewed as an enjoyable and worthwhile subject. Drama is taught one hour a week to tutor groups in Years 7 & 8 and in mixed ability classes in Year 9. The curriculum tries to achieve a balance of developing both transferable and subject specific skills whilst also using drama to explore themes, ideas and emotions. Our longstanding links with the theatre company, 'Frantic Assembly' have led us to a particular focus on physical theatre.

Key Stage Three: Course Content

KS3 Drama – Curriculum Map

  Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3 Topic 4 Topic 5 Topic 6


Introduction, Games and


Rocket Jet



Scornbury Manor


Commedia dell ‘Arte





Cops and Robbers


Assessment Strands

Assessment Strands



Assessment Strands

Non- assessed



Assessment Strands

1-2 1-5 3-5 3-5





What’s happened to Lulu?

It’s All In The Mind (Dreams)

Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations

Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations – Scripted Pieces

It Ain’t What you say + Radio Play

Assessment Strands

Assessment Strands

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Assessment Strands


Assessment Strands

3-5 1-2 2&5 3-5 3-5


Body language





Devised Thematic





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Assessment Strands

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3-4 1-5 1-2 3-5

Assessment Strands:    
1. Group skills 2. Creativity 3. Performance skills
4. Characterisation 5. Focus and audience awareness  

Year 7

This year aims to introduce students to the ‘five Cs’.  The basic transferable skills that drama has to offer:

Year 8

This year aims to develop students’ skills further with a little more emphasis on performance skills, such as: facial expression, vocal expression, spatial awareness, movement, characterisation, emotion, atmosphere, audience awareness and focus.  Students study a variety of genres of performance in order to further develop these skills, including: melodrama, silent movie, naturalism, physical theatre and abstract drama. We also aim to develop students’ skills in empathy, through a theme based project about a missing girl.

Year 9

This year’s purpose is twofold:  to equip all students with the devising and performance skills to start work on the GCSE Drama course;  and to continue to develop transferable skills as many students will not continue their studies in drama beyond this year.  Among other things, students take part in three projects which are based on different ways of working at GCSE:  

  • Devising -  based on themes in war
  • Devised Thematic 
  • Scripted Performance - in Stanislavski and Godber.  

Key Stage Four: Course Content

GCSE Drama is an increasingly popular option, with two groups per year now the established pattern. Our GCSE results have also been steadily improving to an A*-C rate of 88% in 2016.  

We are currently following the legacy AQA specification with Year 11: AQA GCSE Drama 4240

And the new AQA specification with Year 10:  AQA GCSE Drama 8261 

GCSE Drama – Curriculum Map

(Commencing teaching 2016)


Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6


Year 10


‘Blood Brothers’ – study and exploration




‘Blood Brothers’ – scripted sections



‘Blood Brothers’ performance in week 4



‘Self-Image’ Devising project





‘Self-Image’ Devising -performance in week 5         




Complete Devising Logs C2

Prep for Yr10 mocks in June





C3 mock


C3 mock





C1 mock



Year 11


Godber – study of Texts in Practice

Prep for Texts in Practice

Texts in Practice

Exam in week 3

Written Paper prep


Written Paper prep &

Written Exam


C3 C3 C3 C1 C1
C1 = Component 1 C2 = Component 2 C3 = Component 3
Understanding Drama Devising Drama Texts in Practice


We have established a strong tradition of extracurricular work in the Drama Department, collaborating with the Music Department and Rutland Youth Dance Academy to stage a musical most years.  For details of past productions, please see our Drama Photos pages.  This is proving a popular commitment amongst students, with over 70 students involved as cast and crew in our last production, ‘Blood Brothers.

We have established a Bronze, Silver, Gold reward scheme for contribution to productions so that everyone is credited from designers and band members through to members of the chorus and lead actors.  Students earn badges in the relevant colours through their commitment to productions and they can progress through the awards with each production they get involved in.  To date, 5 Gold, 20 Silver and over 80 Bronze badges have been awarded.

Quotes from parents and staff testifying to the success of our most recent production of ‘Blood Brothers’ in January 2017:

“…what a fantastic show, so refreshing to see such young talent, never seen my daughter so relaxed and happy on stage, such a joy to see......thank you!!”

“…such an excellent show. It was fantastic.”

“I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the show last night - it was brilliant! You're right - we have a real wealth of talent here at UCC and it was great to see it in action. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to watch it!”

“With the demand for tickets, I think you could have sold a fourth night!”

“We thought it was excellent, the multiple character approach worked very well and we had a very enjoyable evening.  A big well done to all involved!”

If you would like find out more about the drama curriculum please contact:

Mrs A. Perkins, Head of Drama Department: perkins_a@ucc.rutland.sch.uk