Syllabus: Drama Exam Board AQA 8261
GCSE Drama is an exciting, absorbing and challenging course which appeals to a wide variety of students who enjoy the opportunity to think for themselves and to work co-operatively and creatively. Students who show commitment do very well in Drama. Regular attendance is essential since most of the work, and the majority of practical assessments, are carried out in groups. Students will be required to attend the performances organised on their behalf both within school and at the professional theatre. There will be a cost involved for tickets for these events.
Component 1 – Understanding Drama – 40%
(Written paper at the end of Year 11)
Students will complete a 1 hour 45 minute written paper that consists of three sections.
Component 2 – Devising Drama 40%
(Logbook and practical performance)
Students will create and perform a devised piece of group work based on a given theme or topic (10%).
Students will also complete a written log on this performance that consists of three sections:
This is 30% of their final GCSE.
Component 3 – Text in Practice 20%
(Performance of scripted work)
Students will perform two scripted extracts from one play.
Each extract is worth 10%, Total 20%.
This is marked by an AQA examiner.
Students who take Drama at GCSE should have completed their foundation year in Drama in Year 9 in order to have the skills in place for the course.
Enquiries to: Mr J Drake – Subject Leader of Drama and Dance