• Deirdre Clarke (Head of Department)
  • Joanne Webb
  • Jean Hunter

The Area of Study

Drama has always been a vibrant and integral part of life at Dominican College, with a strong programme of extra-curricular activities and school productions. There is a high demand for the subject at G.C.S.E and A-Level in which our students thrive and excel yearly in public examinations.



The Drama department endeavours to develop all pupils’ physical and artistic potential. Through participation in visual, aural, kinaesthetic and enactive modes of expression, it is hoped to promote a sense of well-being and unity, a positive attitude towards an active, healthy lifestyle and the development of social and interpersonal skills.

Our Aims are as Follows:

  1. To develop particular physical skills and competencies.
  2. To encourage the creation and performance of devised drama.
  3. To promote the development of self and peer assessment.
  4. To encourage reasoned and discerning value judgements.
  5. To stimulate the expressions and communication of thoughts, ideas, feelings.
  6. To promote participation in purposeful and meaningful group activities.
  7. To prepare pupils for external examinations such as GCSE, AS and A2.
  8. To help pupils prepare for the world of work and leisure when they leave school.
  • To Develop a personal interest in drama and be motivated and inspired by studying a broad, coherent and rewarding course of study by encouraging pupils to:
  • Actively engage in the process of dramatic study so they develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds;
  • Work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas;
  • Reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others;
  • Develop and demonstrate competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills;
  • Develop as active citizens for their future, in employment and society, as well as for the possible further study of drama;
  • Consider and explore the impact of social, historical and cultural influences on drama texts and activities.


  • Currently all our year 8-10 pupils receive 1 hour of Drama a week.
  • All Junior classes have the opportunity to access the 3 main strands of Drama, making, performing, and responding and are introduced to the key drama strategies and terminology in line with the non-statutory guidance for Drama in the Revised Curriculum.
  • The Drama department endeavours to develop all pupils’ physical and artistic potential. Through participation in visual, aural, kinaesthetic and enactive modes of expression, it is hoped to promote a sense of well-being and unity, a positive attitude towards an active, healthy lifestyle and the development of social and interpersonal skills.
  • Pupils also explore a wide range of stimuli as a basis for improvisation, scripted work and an introduction to Drama Forms. Pupils have the opportunity to take part in drama workshops.
  • Students will invariably complete one major piece of work per week. This may or may not be written. It could involve research, rehearsal, learning a role etc. Students are expected and encouraged to continually improve and enhance their knowledge and experience of the subject.
  • Enthusiasm and a willingness to work with others are key qualities in we endeavour to develop in our students. It is a collaborative subject and so teamwork is essential. Outgoing, extrovert natures are not required, and it the student’s attitude, rather than outright talent that will determine success.


Over the two years you will engage in practical work and written preparation for this written examination. The text you will study is The Crucible by Arthur Miller.

The transferrable skills students develop in G.C.S.E Drama 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.

Course Outline


You complete TWO practical Assessments

  • Year 11: Scripted Work
  • Year 12: Theatre in Education


You answer TWO sections in the examination: A and C.

Section A

(Compulsory) is based on practical work completed during the course on The Crucible.

Section C

This is based on a review of a live production seen during the course.


AS/A2 Drama & Theatre Studies (Edexcel Board)

Key Features:

  • Emphasis on drama and theatre studies as a practical, intellectual and artistic subject.
  • An holistic approach to the teaching and assessing of drama and theatre at both Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced GCE levels.
  • Practical performance assessed by a visiting examiner in both Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced GCE units.
  • Coursework in the Advanced GCE includes devised performance.
  • Practical exploration of plays.
  • Builds on the philosophy of the current drama syllabus.
  • Choice of AS texts selected by the teacher.
  • A means of gaining Key Skill units in communication.

Course Outline


Unit 1

Practical Exploration of two Contrasting Plays

(Internally Assessed: 40% of AS & 20% of Total GCE)

Unit 2

Text in Performance

Individual Performance of a Monologue of Duologue

Group Performance of a Published Play

(60% of AS & 30% of Total GCE: Externally Assessed)


Unit 3

Original Devised Performance & Exploration Notes

(40% of AS & 20% of Total GCE: Internally Assessed)

Unit 4

Text in Context

2 1/2 Hour Examination

(60% of AS & 30% of Total GCE: Externally Assessed)

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • The Drama Department runs a Junior Drama Club which takes place once a week at lunchtime. It is open to all year 8, 9 and 10 pupils.
  • Theatre Visits for Year 11- 14 Pupils throughout the year
  • Opportunities to take part in Workshops throughout the Year.
  • School Productions take place every three years and auditions are open to everyone.
  • Showcase Evening Performances are put on in the School by the year 12, 13 and 14 Drama pupils.

The Sound of Music

This production marked the 25th Anniversary of the show and was a resounding success. With over 100 pupils taking part in, acting, singing, dancing, playing musical instruments in the orchestra, painting scenery, helping with backstage and costumes, it was truly the perfect showcase for our multi-talented pupils.

As teachers and pupils worked side by side, as part of a creative team, so too, our junior and senior pupils showed unfailing dedication, supporting each other every step of the way. Indeed deep friendships were forged, through their shared goal, to produce an amazing performance.

The overwhelming appreciation from our audiences each evening, really made all the hard work worthwhile and has left all involved with wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.

We hope you will browse through some of our pictures of the production and cast. To include more pupils, we decided to have two sets of Von Trapp children!



38 Fortwilliam Park,

Belfast, County Antrim

BT15 4AQ

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