The AQA GCSE Drama offers students the opportunity to explore drama as a practical art form in which ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through choices of form, style and convention. Students will create, perform and respond to drama informed by their theoretical knowledge of drama and theatre.

The subject content details the knowledge, understanding and skills that students are expected to develop throughout the course of study.

The subject content for GCSE Drama is divided into three components:

  1. Understanding drama
  2. Devising drama
  3. Texts in practice


For the practical units students choose to work as performers or designers (design students may choose lighting, sound, set, costume or puppets).

To view the AQA GCSE Drama Specification – please click here


Component 1 – Assessed in Year 11 Summer term – Written exam (external marker)

Component 2 – Assessed either in the Summer term of Year 10 or Autumn term of Year 11 depending on the cohort (internal assessor)

Component 3 – Assessed in Year 11 Spring term (external assessor)