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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: Written exam (40%)
  • Component 2: Devising Drama [practical coursework] - (40%)
  • Component 3: Texts in practice [live practical] - (20%)

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.