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The AQA GCSE Drama course is great fun and encourages students’ creativity, confidence and performance skills in a positive and stimulating atmosphere. While many lessons are practical, there is significant amount of course time devoted to the study of the set text (currently Blood Brothers) and a live performance seen of a play, preparing students for the written exam on these plays at the end of the course.

Students are required to learn scripts for plays of around 10-15 minutes in length and to do research for their devised (improvisation) component.

There is also an expectation that students attend at least one live performance of a play over the duration of the course.  A number of evening theatre trips will be arranged over the two years specifically for our GCSE Drama students.


  • Component 1: Written Paper on set text and a live performance seen.
  • Component 2: Devised group performance and accompanying written log book.
  • Component 3: Performance of two short, scripted play extracts to a visiting examiner.

The weighting of marks between writing and practical work for this course is 70% written and 30% practical.

More information on the course can be found at: