About GCSE Drama 8261 Syllabus
Our specification engages and encourages students to become confident performers and designers with the skills they need for a bright and successful future.
Because performance is paramount
We’ve built in as much opportunity as possible for students to do what they like best – participate in performance.
All students devise drama.
All students explore texts practically and work on two text-based performances.
Students can choose to develop as a:
Whichever option they choose, students can be sure to gather many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand their horizons.
Aiming for success
Our written exam paper is designed to help all students realise their full potential.
We use a variety of question styles and ask students to combine what they’ve learned about how drama is performed with their practical experience and imagination.
When setting the paper, quality of marking is at the forefront of our minds. We know how important it is that your students get results that reflect their achievements.
Clear progression to AS and A-level
This specification ensures continuity for students progressing from GCSE Drama to AS and A-level Drama and Theatre.
Students who go on to AS or A-level are already familiar with studying a whole set text for the written paper. They have built solid foundations in reviewing a live theatre production and in interpreting key extracts.
All of these aspects feature in the AS and A-level as well as the GCSE.
Students learn to collaborate with others, think analytically and evaluate effectively. They gain the confidence to pursue their own ideas, reflect and refine their efforts. Whatever the future holds, students of GCSE Drama emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills, applicable both in further studies and in the workplace.
You can find out about all our Drama qualifications at aqa.org.uk/drama
Support and resources to help you teach
We’ve worked with experienced teachers to provide you with a range of resources that will help you confidently plan, teach and prepare for exams.
Visit aqa.org.uk/8261 to see all our teaching resources. They include:
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