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Curriculum vision

Drama at Parkhall Integrated College is an opportunity for students to develop confidence, communication skills and the ability to work with one another. Ultimately, the Drama department want Drama to be a subject that students enjoy, express freely, and have a deep-rooted appreciation for performance and a respect for their peers. These are skills which will stand them in good stead not just for Drama, but for their wider-school life.

Key stage 3

All students study Drama in years 8, 9 and 10.

Key stage 4

GCSE Drama is offered in key stage 4

Key stage 5

A Level Drama is offered in key stage 5.


The Lyric Theatre is delighted to be partnering with over 20 schools from all across NI this year on our Lyric School’s Affiliation Scheme. The scheme aims to promote and develop drama study within affiliated schools through workshops, resource packs, careers advice and other exciting opportunities!

Key stage 3

In key stage 3, students will continue to develop the skills required from GCSE Drama students. Students will devise their own creations, study published play scripts and understand theatre styles, practitioners and how they have developed throughout history.

Key stage 4

At key stage 4 all students are offered CCEA GCSE Drama. This is a linear qualification. All assessment is completed at the end of the course.

The specification aims to encourage students to develop a personal interest in drama, to engage actively in the process of dramatic study, to work imaginatively and creatively in collaboration with their peers, to analyse their own work and the work of others, and to develop and demonstrate competence in their chosen pathway of acting or design.

The specification offers opportunities to build on the learning experiences from Key Stage 3 and to develop the Cross-Curricular Skills, Thinking Skills, and Personal Capabilities at Key Stage 4.

There are three components:

Two internally assessed (60%)

Component 1: Devised Performance Controlled assessment – a performance or a design presentation, and a student log.

Component 2: Scripted Performance Controlled assessment – a performance or a design presentation.

One externally assessed (40%).

Component 3: Knowledge and Understanding of Drama External written examination based on one set text.

At GCSE, extra support is offered through revision classes and weekly after school rehearsals.


Our high-quality Drama studio as well as the rehearsal and performing stage space, supports students in developing their expertise as an artist and performer. We also boast state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment that enables students to fully immerse themselves in their role, whether they choose a performance or design pathway.

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Parkhall Integrated College Vision Statement

‘To provide an inclusive, caring learning environment where we all feel valued and respected and are empowered to reach our full potential’