Drama GCSE

Maria Pereira

Mrs. M. Pereira

Head of Department

Examining Board AQA 

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/gcse/drama-8261/specification-at-a-glance 

By opting for Drama GCSE, students will develop their personal communication skills, collaborate with others, think analytically and evaluate theatreThey will gain the confidence to pursue their own theatrical ventures and are given time to reflect and refine their efforts to create the best outcomes. Whatever the future holds, students of GCSE Drama emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills, applicable to both their personal and professional lives. 

The course offers practical experience of a range of performance methods, genre, styles and topics. Through discussion and application students also further their emotional and spiritual understanding through issue based projects, the performance of scripted text and responding to recorded live theatre. After all, as Oscar Wilde once said theatre is ‘the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”  

Choosing drama will be a challenge but it will also be fun and rewarding.   

  • Students will make new friends 
  • Build their self esteem  
  • Hear the applause of the audience 
  • Learn about life and the world around them in a way that is different from their other subjects 

GCSE Drama Assessment Breakdown 

40% Written Examination

Component 1 is a 1hr 45mins external exam that explores theatre vocabulary, roles and responsibilities. (4 marks)  Students must answer four questions on the set text which is called Blood Brothers by Willy Russell (36 marks).  Students will also need to answer a further question on a theatre performance that they have seen over the course (40 marks)  

60% Coursework  

Component 2 and 3 make up the coursework.  Students will be required to devise their own original piece of theatre based on research and investigation (40%) and they will also explore a play text that will allow them to present two contrasting extracts to a visiting examiner.  All practical work and development tasks are modelled and continually assessed throughout the course with all final assessments taking place in Year 11. 

Contact Ms M Pereira – Head of Drama