AQA GCSE Drama Examination
What do I study?
Component 1: Understanding drama.
This component is a written exam in which you will be assessed on your knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and performed, including in connection to a set play and on your ability to analyse and evaluate the live theatre work of others.
You will have 1 hour and 45 minutes to answer the paper. The paper is divided into three compulsory sections:
- In Section A you will answer four multiple-choice questions on professional theatre maker roles and/or terminology.
- In section B you will answer short and extended questions on one set play.
- In Section C you will answer one question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live production.
Component 2: Devising Drama.
This is a practical component in which you will be assessed on your ability to create and develop ideas to communicate meaning for theatrical performance. You will apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance and analyse and evaluate your own work. It is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.
For this component you will be required to complete the following two assessment tasks:
• Produce an individual Devising log documenting the devising process
• contribute to a final devised duologue or group performance. The Devising log is marked out of 60. Your contribution to the final devised performance is marked out of 20.
Component 3: Texts in Practice
This component is a practical component in which you will be assessed on your ability to apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance. It is marked by a visiting external examiner.
For this you must complete two assessment tasks:
• Study and present a key extract (monologue, duologue or group performance)
• study and present a second key extract (monologue, duologue or group performance).
Assessment is broken down into the following areas:
Practical Coursework - 60%
Marks are awarded on the practical examination of performance, preparation and rehearsal time.
Marks are also awarded for your written records on your development of acting skills and responses to final performance
Written Examination Paper - 40%
At the end of Year 11 a written paper is taken which tests you on three areas:
Understanding of drama and theatre terminology
The study of a set play - from the point of view of a performer. The study of a live production seen during the course.