Key Stage 4

What you will study:

At KS4 students are placed on AQA Drama GCSE or BTEC First Performing Arts (Acting).

AQA Drama GCSE

Component 1: Understanding Drama Component 2: Devising Drama (practical) Component 3: Texts in practice (practical)
  • Study of one set play: Blood Brothers
  • Written exam: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Open book
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of GCSE
  • 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)
  • Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer or designer)
  • Assessed through a Devising log (60 marks) and Devised performance (20 marks)
  • 80 marks in total
  • 40% of GCSE
  • This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA
  • 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
  • Performance of Extract 1 (20 marks)
  • Extract 2 (20 marks)
  • 40 marks in total
  • 20% of GCSE
  • This component is marked by AQA

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts

Unit Core Units Assessment Method Guided Learning Hours
1 Individual Showcase External 30
2 Preparation, Performance and Production Internal 30
Optional Specialist Units
3 Acting Skills Internal 60
4 Dance Skills Internal 60
5 Musical Theatre Skills Internal 60
6 Music Performance Skills Internal 60
7 Production Skills for Performance Internal 60