GCSE Drama

Exam Board: AQA

Why should I choose this subject

Drama is a practical subject through which pupils gain transferable skills such as collaborating with others, thinking analytically and critically to evaluating effectively. Pupils will gain confidence and have opportunities to pursue their ideas whilst reflecting upon and refining their work.

What does the subject consist of?

Three components make up the qualification: 

  • Performing to a live audience
  • Devising plays
  • Evaluating live theatre. 

How is the subject assessed?

  • Component 1: Understanding Drama (40%). 
    This is the written exam, consisting of a single exam paper lasting 1 hour 45 minutes. 
  • Component 2: Devising Drama (40%). 
    This is the non-assessed component (coursework), whereby pupils are required to plan, rehearse and perform an original piece of Drama as part of a group. Pupils are also required to document their process throughout the various stages: starting with a response, development and evaluation.
  • Component 3: Texts in practice (20%). 
    This is a live practical exam and pupils are expected to perform two extracts from a play to a visiting examiner. There is great flexibility as pupils can select a monologue, a duologue or a group piece. 

Whom does the subject suit?

Drama is not just for those wishing to pursue a career in the performing arts industry. Pupils will enjoy Drama if they enjoy problem-solving and working creatively. 

What else should pupils consider before choosing this subject?

This qualification is mainly practical, with 60% of the final mark requiring pupils to explore ideas in the classroom. The qualification is also heavily text-based. All pupils are expected to read, analyse, watch and review plays throughout the course.