St Augustine's Catholic College


Our drama department is dedicated to sparking a passion for drama in all students, whether they're interested in performing or designing. We aim to deepen their understanding of dramatic theory and practice while enhancing vital life skills through our comprehensive curriculum. Students will develop collaboration, cooperation, creativity, and confidence throughout their drama education. 

Lesson time allocation varies per Key Stage. The TEEP teaching cycle is used to plan, structure, and deliver engaging drama lessons. Assessments at KS3 focus on vocal skills, physical skills, and style, while KS4 and KS5 assessments align with AQA components and marking criteria. Students receive in-depth feedback and peer review. 

By the end of each Key Stage, students will have gained knowledge and skills in various aspects of drama, including performance, devising, and historical context. They will be prepared to analyse and evaluate artistic intentions and develop specialist skills for communicating meaning on stage. 

Drama fosters personal growth, teaching essential life skills like articulate communication, teamwork, creativity, and determination. It helps students build self-confidence and contributes to shaping active citizens who embody St. Augustine's SPIRIT values. The curriculum allows students to create work reflecting the world around them, developing character and preparing them for various life experiences. 

Our drama curriculum offers students a supportive, engaging environment that nurtures a love for the art of theatre. 

Dr Helen Barnsley, Head of Drama

Key Stage 3

Students study one play each year, focusing on performance skills and wider stagecraft. They learn vocal and physical skills, understand the social, cultural, and historical context of the plays, and explore influential theatre figures. Devising projects are a key component, allowing students to learn rehearsal techniques and develop narratives and characterizations. 


At this stage, students study a set text in-depth and learn about the theatre industry, staging types, and stage positions. They enhance their understanding of rehearsal techniques and diversify their responses to stimuli. Students also prepare two script extracts for performance, applying the skills they've learned. Rehearsals, theatre visits, and workshops are part of the GCSE experience. 

A Level

Students explore various practitioners and their stylistic methods, experimenting with these approaches in their acting or design work. They study two set texts in depth and analyse live theatre performances. Students write two extensive pieces of work to support their practical exploration and are expected to participate in rehearsals, theatre visits, workshops, and delivering workshops/clubs to younger students. 

A Level Drama and Theatre Studies

Curriculum delivery


Varies by key stage