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Performing Arts




We aim to build confidence and resilience in our students by teaching them how to create, perform and appreciate quality drama.

Years 7&8

Throughout KS3 students are taught a number of different dramatic skills, styles and genres. They learn how to apply these skills in a performance and how to evaluate them.

In Year 7 students will learn:

Tableau, Mask Work, Melodrama and Semiotics.

Year 7 Drama Curriculum Overview

In Year 8 students will study:

‘Our Day Out’ by Willie Russell focusing on how to use and apply stage direction n performance. They will study Non Naturalism, Physical Theatre, Theatre in Education, Stage Fighting and they will learn how to devise from a stimulus.

All assessment in Drama is formative. Assessment informs progress through self, peer and teacher feedback.

Year 9 – Transition Year

Students may opt to continue with Drama and/or Performing Arts in year 9. This year is a foundation year that prepares students for GCSE Drama. Both courses aim to develop student’s characterisation, devising and textual analysis skills ready for GCSE.

Years 10 & 11

Key Stage 4

This is an optional subject.

Examination Board: AQA

Drama is a popular and exciting subject within the school. The GCSE course offers students the opportunity to develop their performance skills, experiment with new styles of theatre and the chance to work in a fully equipped department complete with two specialist performance spaces, and a range of technical equipment. You will take part in a range of scripted and devised performance projects and also have the opportunity to be examined in a technical theatre option if you wish. This is a course which is aimed at raising your performance skills and experiences of theatre, but also increases interpersonal and empathetic skills. 

Assessment: Drama is 40% controlled assessment task (practical) and 60% written element. There is one written examination at the end of Year 11

Sixth Form

Theatre Studies is a natural progression from GCSE Drama. Theatre Studies is highly successful at the school and has been a popular choice in the Sixth Form.

This course will give you excellent knowledge and understanding of Drama and Theatre. The written component consists of the study of two set plays and the analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers. The practical component consists of one devised piece that must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner, the practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts, each taken from a different play and influenced by a practitioner.

Subject Leader: Mrs C Bullock   


Miss L Crang

Media Studies


The aim of the Waingels Media Department is to equip students with the knowledge and skills to understand how we interact with a variety of media formats. With a strong focus on the practical skills required to create original media products, Media Studies has been a popular choice for students at KS4 & 5. We encourage our students to develop their analytical skills and question the messages we receive through mainstream media.

Some of the key themes covered in Media Studies at GCSE include film, TV drama, magazines, press and video games as well as theoretical aspects such as ‘Representation in the Media’.

Key Stage 5 Media Studies is designed to prepare students with the practical knowledge required to pursue Media Production in further education or as a career choice. All units will be linked to real industry practices. 

Years 10 & 11

Media Studies is offered to all students as an option for GCSE. It is important that students understand that this is not a ‘soft’ subject. New exam board specifications have reinvented the subject with its content firmly anchored in the academic arena at this level. Students will develop understanding of a range of theoretical concepts that will be applied to a range of real world media texts.  There will be many opportunities for students to apply these concepts in their own practical outcomes.

September 2017 sees the new Media Studies specifications being delivered nationwide. The coursework element of the course makes up 30% of the GCSE. The remaining 70% is externally assessed in the form of two exams.

Course specification: (Awaiting accreditation)

A weekly after school session is offered to all students to secure or extend their understanding of the unit of study at any given point of the course. These sessions are run by the subject leader and are an excellent opportunity for students to cover any finer points or refine their outcomes.

Careers & future study

Media Studies offers students the opportunity to access a wide range of careers and higher education routes. Career paths of past students of Media Studies have included:

  • Film and TV Production
  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Graphic Design
  • Marketing

Higher education paths can include:

  • Media Studies A-Level/Btec Level 3
  • Media and Film production degree/HND
  • Photography A-Level
  • Graphics A-Level
  • English

Sixth Form

Subjects & Exam Boards

A-Level Media Studies is offered to students at key stage 5. Although having studied Media Studies at GCSE is desirable, it is not essential as all skills will be covered as part of the subject’s transition period. However, an interest and curiosity about different forms of media is a vital foundation to the course. The A-Level is a fantastic opportunity for students to extend their knowledge and understanding in the subject and take steps towards a career in this creative industry. Units involved in the course include a focus on media representation, media language, media audience and the media industry.

Relevance of subject to further study.

Career paths of past students of Media Studies have included:

  • Film and TV Production
  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Graphic Design
  • Marketing

Higher education paths can include:

  • Media and Film production degree/HND
  • Magazine Publishing Degree/HND
  • PR/Marketing and business degree/HND


Subject Leader: Mr J Reynolds





The delivery of Music at Waingels College is fun, enthusiastic, diverse and enlightening and it provides opportunities for students to be active and creative in their learning.  Every opportunity is taken to relate topics we explore to the music that students experience in their everyday lives, and the topics are carefully planned to activate each student's learning, both educational and personal. Music is taught to all of KS3 (year 7 and 8 and an option in year 9). GCSE and A Level grades in Music are excellent, reflecting the high standard of teaching delivered by the teachers in the department.

Years 7 & 8

Students study a wide variety of projects that build on their skills set and help develop their confidence in performing, composing and appraising music. They will experience different genres and styles, as well as music from across the ages. Students receive a practical lesson every week. At the end of every project, students will be formally assessed with an attainment and attitude to learning grade. Informal appraisal takes place throughout every lesson.

Year 9 – Transition Year

MUSIC: Students continue with project based work centred around tasks that will develop their understanding of what will be required of them at GCSE. Amongst other topics, they will look at Film Music, Popular Music and Music from Around the World, which are all areas that are studied in more detail at GCSE. Students will be assessed through verbal and written feedback with an attainment and attitude to learning grade given after every project.

PERFORMING ARTS: This is a separate course that looks at three main areas; Musicals, Protest Songs and Creating Your Own Musical.  Students will have one lesson in Music per fortnight and two lessons in Drama. The Drama lessons will be linked to each area but will focus on Acting, Characterisation, Devising and choreography. Students will be assessed through verbal and written feedback with an attainment and attitude to learning grade given after every project.

Years 10 & 11

Music at GCSE is a very highly regarded subject and it is well documented that studying music has many educational benefits. Employers, colleges and universities look very favourably on Music as a subject as it suggests a person will have many additional skills.

The Edexcel course is split into three main components: Composing (30% coursework), Performing (30% coursework) and Appraising (40% listening and written exam). To prepare for the final exam and to help develop skills and with composing coursework, we study eight set works (pieces of music) throughout the two years and these come from four Areas of Study:

  • Instrumental Music (music by Bach and Beethoven),
  • Vocal Music (music by Queen and Purcell),
  • Music for Stage and Screen (music from Wicked and Star Wars), and
  • Fusions (music by Afro Celt Sound System and Esperanza Spalding).

Studying these varied pieces of music help students to appreciate and understand music from different times and in different genres. Music is, of course, a very practical subject and students will also develop their composing and performing skills through group and individual tasks.

A link to the Edexcel specification can be found here


Sixth Form

Students will focus on three main areas in year 12 and then an extended version of these areas in year 13 based on the EDEXCEL syllabus.  They will study a variety of set works that are related to a written exam, perform a solo on their chosen instrument and compose a piece based on a brief, chosen by the exam board. Students who study Music at A Level often go on to study a variety of university courses leading to careers in performing arts, teaching (primary, secondary and/or peripatetic), the music industry (composer, lyric writer, producer) and performing/orchestral work.

A link to the Edexcel specification can be found here:



Subject Leader: Miss N Mann

Mrs R Dunsmoir