GCSE Drama (AQA)


GCSE Drama will enable you to:

  • Work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas.

  • Reflect and evaluate your own work and that of others.

  • Develop and demonstrate competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills.

  • Consider and explore the impact of social, historical and cultural influences on drama.



Task-based controlled assessment (60%)
Written Examination (40%)


Component 1: Understanding Drama

 What's assessed:

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre

  • Study of one set play from a choice of six

  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre performances


 How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour and 45 minutes

  • 80 marks

  • 40% of GCSE Questions

  • Section A: multiple choice (4 marks)

  • Section B: four questions on a given extract from the set play chosen (46 marks)

  • Section C: one two part question (from a choice) on a single live theatre production (30 marks)


Component 2: Devising drama (practical)

 What's assessed:

  • Process of creating devised drama

  • Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer or designer)

  • Analysis and evaluation of own work


How it's assessed:

  • Devising log (60 marks)

  • Devised performance (20 marks)

  • 80 marks in total

  • 40% of GCSE This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.


Component 3: Texts in practice (practical)

What's assessed:

  • Performance of two extracts from one play (students may contribute as performer or designer) Free choice of play but it must contrast with the set play chosen for Component 1


How it's assessed:

  • Performance of Extract 1 (25 marks) and Extract 2 (25 marks)

  • 50 marks in total • 20% of GCSE

This component is marked by AQA.


You will benefit from participating in opportunities to visit theatre productions which will be offered during and after school hours.

Course Skills


  1. To demonstrate the results of disciplined and creative co-operation to realise dramatic intentions through a performance for an audience.

  2. To respond to drama from different periods.

  3. Understand the work of theatre practitioners.

  4. To form judgements about live theatre observed.

  5. Acting Skills.

  6. Costume.

  7. Set Design.

  8. Lighting.

What Next?

Careers in Theatre/Television.  Teaching Drama/Theatre with English or Media Studies.  Any area of work where people need to communicate.