Key Stage Three

All pupils have one 35 minute class per week.

  Pupils are helped to settle in by playing Drama games which help build up their confidence and begin to develop their presentation skills. They will also be introduced to the life, times and works of William Shakespeare. Each pupil will take part in a class Public Speaking Competition in Year 9. They will have many opportunities to explore and perform a variety of scripts. Finally they will work together and produce a piece of devised drama on a relevant and appropriate topic. There is also a weekly Drama Club!


All GCSE pupils have 5 classes a week.

This is a subject with a 60% practical element and 40% written. All pupils experience a wide variety of drama; including improvisation, one act plays, devised drama and musical theatre.

They also have the opportunity to experience live theatre around Belfast and the examination work of their year group and the work of the AS and A2 students who have chosen to study Drama and Theatre Studies.


All students have 9 classes a week.

Pupils follow the WJEC Drama & Theatre A level Speciation.  This course is 60% Practical and 40% Written.  There are 4 units in total for this qualification, 2 units per year are studied.


Practical units:

AS Unit 1 Theatre Workshop: Students work in groups to create a reinterpret a classic text, recording their development in a written creative log and completing a written evaluation.

A2 Unit 3 Text in Action: Working in groups pupils devise their own performance based on stimulus exam material & perform a duologue for an external examiner.

Written Units:

AS Unit 2 Text in Theatre:  Four questions onset text play ‘A View From the Bridge’ by Arthur Miller. AS Unit 4 Text in Performance: 2 Questions on 2 different set text plays

Drama Department

Teaching Staff

Mrs Verona McCavana (HoD)

Miss Mairead Quigley