AQA GCSE Drama
What will I study in this subject?
- A range of drama skills: physical theatre, mime, cross-cutting, monologues, thoughts aloud.
- Study key drama practitioners: Stanislavski, Artaud, and Brecht.
- Devise improvisations: develop strong dialogue
- Perform scripts, studying a variety of genres/time periods
How is my work assessed?
Component 1 (40%): Written Exam
Section A – Theatre Roles and Terminology (multiple choice questions)
Section B – Study of a Set Text i.e. Blood Brothers (short and extended questions)
Section B – Live Theatre Production (one extended question)
Component 2 (40%): Devising Drama
Practical: Create a 15-20 minute devised performance based on a stimulus given to you.
Written: Write a ‘Devising Log’, which analyses and evaluates the choices you made throughout the devising process.
Component 3 (20%): Texts in Practice
Practical: Apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions of a live performance of a script. Between 2 – 20 minute performances depending on the size of your group.
What can I expect?
- Gain confidence as an individual
- Learn how to engage and interest an audience
- Create high quality and professional performance
- Develop communication skills, problem solving and creativity
- Develop resilience, determination and character through performance and feedback
- Make bonds and friendships with people you may never have known before
What we expect from our students:
- Excellent attendance and punctuality
- 100% effort and commitment to the subject
- Respect and support to other performers
- Complete all homework and meet all coursework deadlines
- Be co-operative and work well as a team member
- Be reliable and attend extra rehearsals
- Use feedback to challenge and improve the quality of work
- Take risks
- Be prepared to work hard and in turn achieve high results
Useful links for students:
- Exam papers & example answers: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/gcse/drama-8261/assessment-resources
- GCSE Topics & Component information: https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zbckjxs
- AQA GCSE Drama Handbook sample pages (recommended to purchase online too): https://www.illuminatepublishing.com/samples/AQA_GCSE_Drama_sample/