Key Stage Three, GCSE, AS-Level, A2   

In that time, they study a range of fun and interesting performance techniques, rehearsal strategies and perform in front of their class on a regular basis. As well as learning about and honing their performance skills, Drama students also get the chance to work on plays, create their own plays and perform in front of audiences. 

For the keen performers, there are KS3 Drama Clubs in which we work on short plays, play Drama game and share our love of performance. At GCSE, through attending after school rehearsals, the students' appreciation of Drama and Performing Arts grows. 

On top of that the GCSE students in Malone College study the equivalent of two GCSE courses over a two year period. There are Theatre visits organised on a regular basis which gives students the opportunity to look at Drama as an art form and begin to identify Performing Arts as a growing industry in Northern Ireland. At AS/A2 Level, the students complete practical exploration of plays- approaching texts in a fun and dynamic way. Post 16 students also enjoy working in groups, performing published plays, this is followed by creating and directing their own plays on various subjects, trying out different performance styles. 

Finally, they direct their own version of a classical play and write about it in their open book exam at the end of their GCE course.


All KS3 classes attend Drama on a weekly basis. They study various performance techniques, work on scripted plays and devise their own pieces of Drama based on a range of stimuli. Whilst the focus of Drama is very much on the practical side of things, they do learn about the history and evolution of Drama ad Theatre.


GCSE students study the CCEA GCSE Drama course over two years. This qualification is made up of three components. The first component is a devised performance which is based on a chosen stimulus and provides students with the opportunity to explore their imagination and creativity in devising their own plays. Students also produce a student log of the process of devising and this component is worth 25% of the GCSE. Component two is a scripted performance where students research and choose a play to be performed in front of a live audience. This component is worth 30%. The final component is a written exam and is worth 40%.

A Level Drama

The AS/A2 Level course is EDEXCEL GCE in Drama and Theatre Studies. The AS students study two plays from a practical viewpoint, learning how their understanding of the plays and Drama as a medium can be used to appeal to a range of audiences- a range of exploration notes are completed whilst working on the plays. They perform a group practical and either a monologue or a duologue (of their choosing) and are externally moderated. There is no written exam in year13.The A2 course gives the students the opportunity to Devise their own pieces of Drama which they perform before a specific audience. They also study a set text a play from a particular time period which they will write about in their written exam at the end of year 14.


William Shakespeare  |  Liam Neeson  |  James Nesbitt  |  Meryl Streep  |  John Malcovich  |  Marilyn Monroe  |  Marlon Brando  |  Angelina Jolie |  Brad Pitt | Johnny Depp

All the word’s a stage!
— William Shakespeare

Key Stage Three, GCSE, AS-Level, A2

  • Miss Kelly

  • Mrs Mitchell

Drama Clubs

  • Drama Clubs

  • KS3 Drama Club

  • Senior Drama Club.

Students who study Drama also get the opportunity to use specialist lighting and sound equipment and have access to a range of costume and props.

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