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What is Drama?

Drama can relate to anything connected wit the theatre like:

  • Acting
  • Television
  • Film
  • The Media
  • Theatre
  • Lighting
  • Stage Management
  • Sound
  • Costume Design
  • Set Design

In addition to preparing you for careers in the performing arts, the requirements of the qualification will mean you develop the transferable and higher­order skills that are highly regarded by both Higher Education and employers. It will provide you with transferable knowledge, understanding and broad skills, such as:

  • communication skills – performing, communicating and presenting ideas to an audience
  • group performance which develops collaborative skills and confidence building, with a focus on self-management and teamwork and participation.



Why Study Drama?

The course is designed to give you a real in depth preparation for work in the performing arts industry in any role (for example as an actor, director, designer or stage manager, working in film, theatre or television.) This is a practical course with an emphasis on performance and acting.

The performing arts are a major part of the creative and cultural industries in the UK.

Overall, the industry contributes £4 billion to the UK economy and is a major employer.

The UK’s performing arts sector is vibrant, varied and hugely successful. It is a growth industry that offers diverse employment opportunities, for example in drama, theatre, film, puppetry, costume design, directing, set design, make­up or special effects, as well as in the support functions and roles that bring these art forms to the fore.

Students will make extensive use of the opportunities available in Manchester and Salford to visit the theatre and explore the world of film, TV and media production.



What Will I Learn?

Year 12 Units will include

  • Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners’ Work, students will research the work of two practitioners who have had a profound impact on the performing arts and taking a theme you will see how the work of these practitioners can be applied in your own performances.
  • Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance, in order to develop the necessary performance skills you will undergo an extensive programme of training and exercises which will equip you for working in a range of performance situations. You should think of this as your induction into the performing arts, during which you will develop a ‘toolkit’ of essential skills and techniques as a foundation for your work in the profession.

Year 13 Units will include

  • Unit 3: Group Performance Work, you will work in groups to respond to a brief and develop a performance for an intended audience.

…and one of the following optional units:

  • Interpreting Classical Text for Performance
  • Acting Styles
  • Developing the Voice for Performance
  • Improvisation
  • Movement in Performance


What Do I Need to Study Drama?

Preferred grades:

  • Five GCSE grades A*- C
  • GCSE Drama grade B or above



If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Ms O Tattum, Head of Sixth Form
0161 212 1930

Mr T Wells, Head of Drama

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