Drama GCSE

Exam Board: AQA

About the course

At GCSE, Drama pupils follow the AQA syllabus (8261). As such, pupils complete two Non-Examined units worth 60%. For the final 40% exam component, all pupils studying Drama are expected to study a set play. At Kingham Hill School we alternate between either The Crucible Arthur by Arthur Miller, or Noughts and Crosses by Dominic Cooke.

Given the demands of the specification, Drama at GCSE is much more aimed at developing knowledge and understanding the core principles in performance as follows:

  • Interpreting texts and presenting plays to a live audience
  • Interpreting live theatre, including the study of technical and design elements in theatre production.
  • Devising plays

Extra-curricular programme

In addition to this, there are several opportunities in which pupils are encouraged to develop 'real-life' experiences, through an extensive extra-curricular provision to complete the AQA syllabus. Some of these highlights include:

  • Regular theatre visits to watch live productions from both regional (Oxford Playhouse) and national theatres (including Lyric Hammersmith, The RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon)
  • Participation in workshops led by leading industry experts (Frantic Assembly, 2019)
  • Involvement in the National Theatre Connections Festival (2019)


A great addition to the GCSE Drama provision are the excellent facilities. All lessons are taught in the Studio with easy access to a large TV, staging blocks, kindles and a subscription to Digital Theatre+.