Key Stage 4


GCSE Drama is a subject which nurtures students’ knowledge, talent and imagination. Throughout the AQA GCSE Drama course there are opportunities to act, devise, design, review and analyse. It is a creative subject that will give students the chance to employ a wide variety of skills and challenge their abilities.  


Through regular trips to the theatre and detailed evaluation of what they have seen, students will gain a deeper understanding of the subject and use this to develop their own performance skills. They will have the opportunity to perform extracts from a wide collection of plays, devise their own pieces and study ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell in depth. 


The AQA GCSE Drama course is broken down into three components: 


Component 1 – Understanding Drama (40%) 

This is a written exam, which is broken down into three sections:

Section A: Theatre roles and terminology, this is tested with multiple choice questions.

Section B: Study of a set play (Blood Brothers by Willy Russell). Students answer four questions on a given extract of the play.

Section C: Live theatre production. Students discuss the work of theatre makers in a production that they have seen during the course.


Component 2 – Devising Drama (40%)

Students will devise a piece of Drama, inspired by a given stimulus, which is performed to and marked by the class teacher. Students will also complete a devising log in which they will analyse and evaluate their own work.


Component 3 – Texts in Practice (20%)

Students will perform two extracts from one play; this is marked by an external AQA examiner.


GCSE Drama supports students in their academic and socio-emotional development, giving them a wide range of transferable skills which can support their futures. Skills taught in Drama are highly respected in many industries. 


GCSE Drama is an accessible and engaging subject which embraces students from all ability levels. Drama challenges the more academically able and can foster a feeling of success in those who learn best in a practical environment.

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