The Drama Department in St. Louise's has a highly esteemed reputation for delivering high quality teaching. The department comprises of five members of staff with specialist knowledge, training and experience.
60% OF THE COURSE IS INTERNALLY ASSESSED COURSEWORK
You complete TWO practical Assessments
- Year 11: Devised Work
- Year 12: Acting in a Script
40% OF THE COURSE IS AN EXTERNALLY ASSESSED WRITTEN PAPER
Over the two years you will engage in practical work and written preparation for this written examination. The set text that you study is 'Blood Brothers' by Willy Russell.
Students who study Drama at GCSE feel part of the friendly, warm and happy department. Students who study Drama and are motivated to learn are successful as the department boasts outstanding results year on year.
The grid above shows our amazing results at GCSE in 2014.
Why Choose G.C.S.E Drama?
If you enjoy Drama in KS3, have an interest in the subject and want to get a good grade you are a suitable candidate for this course.
- Builds self confidence and resilience.
- Develops creativity and is a chance to express yourself.
- Builds long-lasting friendships.
- Gives you valuable skills for everyday life.
- So many jobs including involve performing in some description.
Most of all drama is fun and you can achieve an A in this subject if you work hard!
Drama helps you to perform better in life!
Students who choose GCSE Drama achieve EXCELLENT results which allow them to progress onto sixth form. Most importantly, the skills students develop at GCSE in the Drama Department will prepare them for a wide range of careers in industries from law to teaching and to all aspects of the media including theatre, film and television.
Self-discipline, communication and people orientated skills learnt in Drama are essential requirements for all careers.
Students who study our courses have stated that drama has helped them to be more confident in themselves and in dealing with others. They also value the need to be committed and work as part of a team.
100% A* - C for the last 5 years Our results are above the Northern Ireland average!
Drama Options at Post-16
Students who pursue A' Level Drama & Theatre Studies or a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or Diploma in Acting and are keen to study drama or theatre can apply for top universities across the UK. These courses allow students to take a variety of Career progressions. Past pupils pursuing drama related courses have gone onto Lancaster University, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool John Moore's, London Theatre School, RADA, Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance, University of Ulster Magee, University of the West of Scotland and Queens University Belfast.
Most importantly the skills students develop in any of our courses in the Drama Department will prepare them for a range of careers in industries from law to teaching and to all aspects of the media including theatre film and television. Students who study our courses have stated that drama has helped them to be more confident in themselves and in dealing with others. They also value the need to be committed and work as part of a team.
Drama Courses Offered Post-16:
GCE A - Level Drama and Theatre Studies
This is a popular choice of subject at Post 16 for students wishing to study an academic A' Level subject. Students must have GCSE English and enjoy studying and performing plays as well as an interest in developing their theatrical knowledge.
- Unit 1: Exploration of Drama and Theatre - Internally assessed 20%
- Unit 2: Theatre Text in Performance - Externally assessed 30%
- Unit 3: Exploration of Dramatic Performance - Internally assessed 20%
- Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context - 2 1/2 hour written paper 30%
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma in Performing Arts Acting
Our BTEC courses have a strong vocational emphasis. Students must have a keen interest in performing as acting is an essential element. Students must have a good attendance record and have the maturity to work individually and as part of a group.
Students choose to follow either the Subsidiary Diploma or the Diploma. The Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to one A' Level and the Diploma is equivalent to two A' Levels.
These two year courses consist of six complementary units of work for the Subsidiary Diploma and twelve for the Diploma and focus on vocational aspects of Performing Arts. There is no written examination and all work is assessed by the course tutor through practical and assignment based work.
Some of the units covered on the courses include:
- Drama Improvisation
- Applying Acting Styles
- Children's Theatre
- Devising Plays
- Principles of Acting
- Performing Arts Business
- Marketing for Performance
- Script Writing
- Contemporary Theatre Performance
- Auditions for Actors
- Performing to an Audience