Drama Department

Key Stage 3

 Drama provides a practical perspective from which pupils may learn about:

  • Life issues
  • Dramatic styles
  • The study of plays
  • Presentational skills

Lessons support the development of creativity and communication skills as well as fostering confidence and the ability to work with others.



Drama is an optional subject for pupils in Years 11 and 12.

The course is a balance of practical and written work.  Assessment includes two performances, written coursework and a written exam.

Pupils will have an opportunity, as part of a group, to devise their own performance.  Pupils will also, as part of a group, investigate, create and develop a scripted performance (based on an existing script).

The skills acquired at GCSE Drama lend themselves to any career choice, making the subject a viable option for any pupil at Magherafelt High School.


A Level Performing Arts - Acting Discipline (CCEA)

 Pupils study Performing Arts for a variety of reasons:

  1. The desire for a qualification that links closely to further employment;
  2. Love and flair for acting or;
  3. A qualification to supplement their other A level choice.

In response:

Performing Arts is a growing industry in Northern Ireland with growing support for those seeking employment in the TV, film and theatre industries.  The subject makes direct links to these support agencies and focusses on employment opportunities.

The course is heavily practical, with performances at the end of Year 13 and Year 14 giving pupils with practical excellence opportunity for success.

Performing Arts develops cross-curricular skills.  The course dabbles in theatre history, theatre technology, event planning and play analysis.  The creative, communication and organisational skills developed in Performing Arts are relevant to all subjects delivered in Magherafelt High School.

Areas of study:

There are two units for AS GCE and two further units of assessment for A2 GCE.  Assessment combines performance work alongside written portfolios and controlled assessment tasks.  The Units are as follows:

AS - Unit 1:  Developing Skills and Repertoire

You will research two contrasting extracts of repertoire; apply your chosen discipline in a performance context; keep a record of your development in your chosen discipline and evaluate your performance.

AS - Unit 2: Planning and Realising a Performing Arts Event

As a member of a group, you will respond to a piece of pre-released stimulus.  You will interpret the stimulus and, in a group of 2-9 students, create a performing arts event.

A2 - Unit 1: Planning for Employment

You will learn about the employment opportunites available in the Performing Arts industry and produce a written report as evidence of your research.  You will also develop materials such as a CV and a promotional portfolio to help you find work in your chosen discipline.  You will prepare for and participate in an audition and interview.

A2 - Unit 2: Performing to a Commission Brief

You and your fellow students will form a production company and realise a performing arts event in response to a commission brief.  As well as participating in the actual performance, each member of the group will have a role to play in making the event happen.  The administrative roles you can choose from are: front of house; health and safety officer; budget and finance; education officer; press officer; or publicity officer.

Pupils do not need to have studies GCSE Drama to opt for A Level Performing Arts.



Pupils can develop their love for Drama through after school Drama club, school performances and showcases.