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Drama has an important role to play in the personal development of our students and at Accrington Academy we have a busy and vibrant drama department!  Opportunities to take part in drama are available both through the timetabled lessons and extra-curricular activities.  The skills and qualities developed by students in drama, such as teamwork, creativity, leadership and risk-taking are assets in all subjects and are skills highly valued by universities and employers.  

Drama stimulates creativity and imagination, allowing students to explore issues and experiences in a safe and supportive environment.  The self-esteem, pride and a sense of achievement that drama gives to students is invaluable in today’s fast paced and demanding world.  

I hear, I forget  |  I see, I remember  |  I do, I understand

(Chinese Proverb)

journey-dramaYour Child’s Journey in Drama & Theatre Studies

You can download these documents to view a term by term, year by year breakdown for the journey your child will have when they choose Drama or Theatre Studies.


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Every student in Key Stage 3 has a weekly drama lesson.  They are given the opportunity to perform in a variety of genres and to experiment with different performance techniques including improvisation; working with scripts and physical theatre.

Teamwork, creativity and building self-esteem are at the heart of our Key Stage 3 drama curriculum.

Students can opt to study GCSE Drama at Key Stage 4 and it is always a popular choice!  These students have drama lessons three times a week and follow a programme of study focusing on performance, analysis and evaluation.  

The coursework element of the course is worth 60% of the overall grade and consists of one piece in which students devise their own pieces of theatre based around an idea or issue, supported by a written devising log and a scripted group performance of two extracts from a selected play.  

In the final written exam, worth 40% of the overall grade,  students are assessed on their knowledge of drama theory and their ability to describe, analyse and evaluate set texts for realisation in performance.


We offer Year 1 Drama and Theatre Studies,  and in Year 2 A-level Theatre Studies and BTEC Performing Arts at Key Stage 5. 

Students studying Theatre Studies have five lessons a week, alongside their other A-level choices.  They develop the knowledge and performance skills gained at GCSE (although this is not a pre-requisite) by studying and performing plays from the point of view of specific theatre practitioners.  Their performances range from their own devised pieces to group scripted pieces by playwrights from a variety of time periods and genres.  The course is assessed through practical workshops, performances, written coursework and a final written exam assessing understanding of plays studied and live performances watched.

The BTEC Performing Arts course is a full time course designed to give students both depth and breadth in their study of the performing arts.  Units covered include Auditions for Actors, Musical Theatre, Theatre in Education and Styles of Acting.  

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Pass Rate

I have been involved in drama from the start of my time at Accrington Academy in year 7; I then chose to study GCSE drama and continued my interest by taking A-level Drama and Theatre Studies.  Throughout my academic life, Theatre Studies has always been clear favourite of mine.  Both the practical and written aspects of the subject have broadened my knowledge of theatre, my confidence and my imagination.  I have had so much fun in all the subject has to offer both in the classroom and in the extra-curricular performances such as “My Fair Lady” and “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and look forward to developing my creativity further at university.

Mitchell Hill

Year 13 student

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