DRAMA REVISION PAGE

What is in this GCSE course?  Details of exam, other elements and marks available

This component is marked by AQA.

Component 1: Understanding drama

What's assessed:

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
  • Study of one set play from a choice of six 
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

How it's assessed:

  • Written exam: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Open book
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

Questions:

  • Section A: multiple choice (4 marks)
  • Section B: four questions on a given extract from the set play chosen (44 marks)
  • Section C: one question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live
  • theatre production (32 marks)

Component 2: Devising drama (practical)

What's assessed:

  • Process of creating devised drama
  • Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer or designer)
  • Analysis and evaluation of own work

How it's assessed:

  • Devising log (60 marks)
  • Devised performance (20 marks)
  • 80 marks in total
  • 40% of GCSE

This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.

Component 3: Texts in practice (practical)

What's assessed:

  • Performance of two extracts from one play (students may contribute as performer or designer)
  • Free choice of play but it must contrast with the set play chosen for Component 1

How it's assessed:

  • Performance of Extract 1 (20 marks) and Extract 2 (20 marks)
  • 40 marks in total
  • 20% of GCSE

This component is marked by AQA.

COMMON PROBLEM AREAS AND MISCONCEPTIONS FOR WILLINGDON STUDENTS, INCLUDING LINKS TO HELP WITH THOSE AREAS

 X:\Student Resources \ Drama

Timing in the exam - Practice

Themes/context - Revision guides
 

LINKS TO CHECKLISTS AND OTHER USEFUL RESOURCES

X:\Student Resources \ Drama

www.bbc.co.uk/education
- Great for revision of elements such as stage layout and design, writing about and evaluating theatre

www.bbc.co.uk/schools (Blood Brothers)
- Look at the plot and character and consider how you would direct this play

LINKS TO SAMPLE PAPERS/QUESTIONS

aqa.org.uk - gcse/drama

MODEL ANSWERS, COMPLETED PAPERS AND MARK SCHEMES

X:\Student Resources \ Drama

See revision guides

Youtube tutorials

Section A

youtube.com - AQA GCSE Drama Revision: Section A

Section B

youtube.com - Blood Brothers - Context

youtube.com - Plot: Blood Brothers by Willy Russell - Making a Scene

Section C 

youtube - AQA GCSE Drama Revision: Section C 

Pilot-theatre.com - Crongton-Knights



You can support your child by:

  • Ensuring that they have finished their written NEA
  • Helping them to learn their lines by reading the other parts in their script out loud
  • Ensure they have a revision guide to support them with making flash cards and revision resources