Examining Board: AQA

Aim of Course

Your Drama course will give you the chance to explore drama and theatre in a range of exciting and relevant practical and theoretical ways.
It will allow you to work creatively with other students, interpreting texts, visiting the theatre,
experimenting through practical workshops, and through devising, designing and performing your own pieces of original theatre.

Over the two year GCSE course, you will get the chance to develop your creativity, achieve personal growth and build self-confidence, as well as cultivating your communication and analytical skills through the acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding, and through the exercise of your imagination.

Content and method of assessment:

Component 1
Understanding Drama
(Written Examination) 40%

Component 2
Devising Drama
(Practical and Devising log) 40%

Component 3
Texts in Practice
(Practical) 20%

What is assessed

What is assessed

What is assessed

  • Knowledge and understanding
    of drama and theatre
  • Study of one set text
  • Analysis and evaluation of the
    work of live theatre makers
  • Process of creating devised drama
  • Performance of devised drama
  • Analysis and evaluation of own work
  • Performance of two extracts from one play.

How its assessed

How its assessed

How its assessed

  • Written exam, 1 hour 45 minutes, 80 marks
  • Section A: Theatre roles and terminology: multiple choice
  • Section B: Study of a set text: four questions on set text
  • Section C: Live theatre evaluation: one question on a live performance
  • Devising log,
    60 marks
  • Devised performance,
    20 marks
  • Performance of two extracts, 40 marks

Key Stage 5 Progression/ Career Prospects

Many of the skills that you will hone and develop through your Drama course will be incredibly valuable in later life, regardless of the career or educational pathway you choose to follow.
According to the university research, the top qualities that employers are looking for in their employees include a range of skills that will be explicitly developed through the Drama course: Good verbal and written communication skills; excellent time management; the ability to plan and organise as well as to be flexible; strong teamwork skills; initiative, self-motivation, and drive; the ability to analyse and evaluate.

Direct career prospects include the following job roles: Actor, Director, Costume designer, Set designer, Lighting designer, Sound designer, and Playwright.

Recommended reading (All available in the school library)

  • The Complete Stanislavksy Toolkit by Bella Merlin
  • The Complete Brecht Toolkit by Stephen Unwin
  • The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre by Scott Graham and Stephen Hoggett