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Maria Fidelis Catholic School FCJ


Drama (OCR H459)


As well as gaining a more in-depth knowledge of the subject, studying Drama will help pupils to develop a number of transferable skills:

  • Research – A key aspect of planning any production is to develop research skills
  • Independence – When studying Drama, pupils work on their own to complete tasks
  • Working with others – pupils will work with others as theatre companies to create both devised and text-based performances;
  • Analysis – Any performer, director or designer must be able to take and understand information before applying it to create a performance
  • Communication – The ability to discuss key issues verbally and in writing is vital to any future success
  • Time management – The skill of prioritising work is very important;
  • ICT – From using simple word processors, to operating the sound and light boards.
  • Problem solving – Drama asks questions about society and the world around us. The skills used to discuss these problems and offer potential answers.
  • Planning and organising – Creating Drama productions teaches pupils how to plan effectively to complete many different tasks

Culture - Developing an understanding and appreciation of how the social, cultural and historical contexts of performance texts have influenced the development of drama and theatre



  • Drama GCSE – Grade 5 in GCSE Drama
  • English GCSE – Grade 5 in GCSE English
  • Related Experience - We recommend that students should have the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE Drama course or equivalent (Extra-curricular drama experience)



Component 1: Practitioners in practice

Component 2: Exploring and performing texts

Component 3: Analysing performance

Component 4: Deconstructing texts for performance



➢ You will be expected to use your developed research skills for independent study.

➢ You will be expected to undertake a substantial amount of practical performance work either as part of a group or by working independently.

➢ You will be expected to produce a portfolio of work and be able to use your findings in order to make accurate analysis and be able to evaluate the effectiveness of your practical work.



  • Studying Drama at A Level will support further study in Performing Arts, Media and Communication Studies.
  • A qualification in Drama will support careers in the following areas: Entertainment, Acting, Dancing, Theatre and Teaching.
  • It also develops skills required in a wide variety of careers where working with people, the delivery of presentations and having strong communication skills are necessary.