Coloma Convent Girls' School

Coloma C.G.S.

A Voluntary Aided Catholic School for Girls aged 11-18

Welcome to the Drama Department

The Arts are an integral part of life at Coloma. We aim to encourage as many girls as possible to join in with the musical and performance life at the school , be that through singing in one of our many excellent Choirs, learning to play an instrument, auditioning for the school play or getting stuck in with the technical and staging support teams - There is room for everyone!

Drama is also continuing to grow at Coloma, with many opportunities to take to the stage. We have successfully run our first tour to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year. Taking our own original show, written by one of the 6th form students, to the Fringe was a wonderful experience. The girls soaked up the atmosphere by rivalling fellow performers in the bid to promote their show, whilst also relishing ample opportunities to see such a variety of theatre themselves. The quality of our whole school productions are very high and serve as an excellent way to create links between the lower and upper years. Recent productions that involved huge casts across the years are Peter Pan and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

We continually strive to broaden and develop our Arts curricula and have an exciting extracurricular programme.. More recently we have been delighted to be able to use the new Winton House Performing Arts Centre, a fully equipped theatre venue opened at Coloma in 2011.

During the year girls play and act at a number of events. Here are just a few recent highlights:

You will find a variety of photo galleries and media clips showcasing drama at Coloma in our Forms and Downloads section of this site. Enjoy!

Curriculum Content

Key Stage Five

AS Level Drama - AQA Code: 7261 - Specifications
A2 Level Drama - AQA Code: 7262 - Specifications

Course Content - What will I study?

  • The AS/A Level Drama and Theatre Studies is a natural progression from the AQA Drama GCSE course. Students can develop their skills in a range of practical drama elements including acting and directing. At A level, students have the freedom to choose both the content and the form of the practical presentation at each level. Candidates perform an extract from any published play selected to illustrate their understanding of an influential director, designer, theatre company or other practitioner.
  • At A2 Level , candidates devise drama on any topic to be performed in a theatrical style of their choice.
  • Assessments for the practical units take into account the student’s preparation as well as the final performance; this includes an attached essay.
  • Practical units are internally assessed and externally moderated.

How will my progress be tested and examined?

  • Unit 1 - 60% of total AS marks, 30% of total A level marks
    • Live production seen + prescribed play.
    • Section A: Response to live theatre seen during the course.
    • Section B: Study of one play from a choice of 6 plays.
    • Externally set and assessed.
  • Unit 2 - 40% of total AS marks, 20% of total A level marks
    • Practical presentation of an extract from a play.
    • Performance by a group from a published play
      (This includes candidate’s preparatory work & supporting notes).
    • Internally assessed and externally moderated.
  • Unit 3 - 60% of total A2 marks, 30% of total A level marks
    • Study of two set plays - pre 20th century and post 20th century.
    • Unseen extract paper requiring suggestions for a complete realization of a section of a play.
    • Externally set and assessed.
  • Unit 4 - 40% of total A2 marks, 20% of total A level marks
    • Performance by a group of a devised drama.
    • A synoptic assessment including candidate’s preparation and supporting notes.
    • Internally assessed and externally moderated.

Progression - How will the study of Drama benefit students’ future education and career?

Drama encourages you to explore and actively engage in a wide range of creative and stimulating activities, to develop as an effective and independent learner and as a critical and reflective thinker with an enquiring mind.

It develops competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills.

Drama encourages you to work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas.

It also provides a strong and appropriate foundation for further progression to Drama courses, including A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies, and enhanced vocational and career pathways.