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Drama at TWBS is a growing department with GCSE numbers rising every year. Drama is taught in our purpose-built studio where students have access to a lighting rig and desk, brand new surround sound system, a moveable and buildable stage, props, and costumes galore as well as other professional theatre features. At TWBS we offer GCSE Drama with Eduqas and join with WGS to teach A Level Drama and Theatre Studies, also with Eduqas. We also work closely with the music department and collaborate on many extra-curricular performances, including our November Production, with our most recent being Disney’s The Little Mermaid. As well as this, we also produce a TWBS play each spring where students get to perform to an intimate audience in the Drama Studio. Our most recent production of HAMP saw our biggest audience ever.


The curriculum taught at TWBS focusses on confidence building in Year 9, key skills in Year 10 and examinations in Year 11.


Some of the topics we cover are:


Year 9

  • Performance Skills

  • Script Learning

  • Devising and Improvising

  • Characterisation

  • Year 10 & 11

  • We follow the Eduqas scheme to complete the three exams below



Component 1: Devising Theatre

Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated

40% of qualification


Learners will be assessed on either acting or design.


Learners participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of devised theatre using either the techniques of an influential theatre practitioner or a genre, in response to a stimulus set by WJEC. Learners must produce:

  • A realisation of their piece of devised theatre

  • A portfolio of supporting evidence

  • An evaluation of the final performance or design.


Component 2: Performing from a Text

Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner

20% of qualification


Learners will be assessed on either acting or design.


Learners study two extracts from the same performance text chosen by the centre.


Learners participate in one performance using sections of text from both extracts.


Component 3: Interpreting Theatre

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

40% of qualification


Section A: Set Text

A series of questions on one set text from a choice of five:

  1. Macbeth, William Shakespeare

  2. An Inspector Calls, J.B.Priestley

  3. Find Me, Olwen Wymark

  4. Noughts & Crosses, Malorie Blackman

  5. Refugee Boy, Benjamin Zephaniah

  6. I Love You Mum – I Promise I Wont Die, Mark Wheeler

  7. The IT, Vivienne Franzmann


Section B: Live Theatre Review

One question, from a choice of two, requiring analysis and evaluation of a given aspect of a live theatre production seen during the course.