The AQA GCSE Drama specification engages and encourages students to become confident performers and designers with the skills they need for a bright and successful future.
Over three components, students learn to collaborate with others, think analytically and evaluate effectively. They gain the confidence to pursue their own ideas, reflect and refine their efforts. Whatever the future holds, students of GCSE Drama emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills, applicable both in further studies and in the workplace.
Students can choose to develop as a: performer; designer (lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets); and performer and designer (both).
Component 1 – Understanding drama
This subject content is assessed in a written exam.
Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
Section B – Set play – Blood Brothers by Willy Russell
Students must study and explore practically one set play.
Section C – Review of live theatre production
Students must learn how to analyse and evaluate the work of live theatre makers (performers and/or designers).
This is an externally marked component.
Component 2 – Devising drama
Students must learn how to create and develop ideas to communicate meaning in a devised theatrical performance. For assessment, students must produce an individual Devising log documenting their devising process and an analysis and evaluation of their contribution. Students must learn how to contribute to devised drama in a live theatre context for an audience. They must contribute as either a performer or designer.
This is an internally assessed, externally moderated component.
Component 3 – Texts in practice
This subject content is assessed practically. For assessment, students must perform or create realised designs for two extracts from one play which contrasts to the set play studied in Component 1.
This is an externally assessed component by a visiting examiner. It is internally moderated by teacher.