Please note, this course will be held online on the designated date if it’s not possible to run in venues.


This course is focussed on meeting the demands of the higher level marking bands across all three of the specification components. It focuses on the characteristics of work produced by students working at the highest levels and provides a range of teaching approaches and materials designed to ensure students achieve A and A* in the AQA A level Drama and Theatre specification.


  • Understand the assessment demands of the AQA A Level Drama and Theatre Studies specification
  • Develop practical strategies for meeting the requirements of the higher bands across all Components
  • Explore exemplar materials to identify characteristics of outstanding work
  • Increase confidence in preparing candidates to achieve A and A*
  • Consider lessons learnt from the first examination series in 2018
COURSE DATE London | Friday 19 June 2020
  • Teachers of AQA A-level Drama and Theatre
  • Heads of Drama Departments
  • Directors of Faculties of Performing Arts
  • Senior leaders with responsibility for the Arts
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 11.00am
Focus on assessment demands at A and A*

  • Review characteristics of A and A* A Level student
  • Grades A & A*: what are the differences between these?
  • Key attributes of Grade A & A* students in the classroom
  • Lessons learnt from 2019 examination series for Grade A and A* students, including on the written paper

Coffee break and informal discussion

Component 1 written paper: key challenges for A and A* students     

  • Developing excellent understanding of the page to stage process
  • Examine A and A* exemplar responses to the focussed extract questions for Section B
  • Preparing students to respond as a performer, director and designer at the highest level
  • Teaching how to respond excellently in Section A – focussing on text in performance
  • Develop a toolkit for success in supporting A and A* students to effectively answer Section C
  • Analysing social, historical and cultural characteristics of a theatrical text for top marks
  • The demand for outstanding usage of theatrical language in the written paper

12.45 – 1.45pm

Tactics for achieving the highest grades in the exam

  • Develop an action plan for success for students aiming for top grades
  • Shorter questions: what are the potential pitfalls?
  • Focus on the 25-mark essays: what does a grade A/A* candidate need to do?
  • Revision ideas to help students produce high grade essays
  • Working to the standard: reviewing and marking specimen scripts
  • Plenary and Depart

2.15 – 3.00pm
Achieving A and A* in Component 2

  • Explore teaching approaches to stretch and challenge A and A* performers
  • Examine exemplar working notebooks and develop understanding of the characteristics of the work of the most successful candidates
  • The characteristics of the most effective student performance including analysis of vocal and physical skills
  • Using the prescribed practitioners – what A* students do
  • Outstanding reflective report writing, including top band links between theory and practice
  • A and A* analysis of the use of practitioners to create dynamic devised performance

Afternoon tea and informal discussion

Making Theatre for A and A*

  • Exploring extracts: keeping the most able on track, so that they don’t miss marks
  • Developing high ability students’ ability to interpret key extracts – what do examiners expect?
  • Standing out from the crowd on the prescribed practitioner

Georgina Ring

Georgina is Head of Drama and Theatre Studies at LVS Ascot. She has been teaching AQA GCSE and A-Level for the past six years and her subject results for both courses last year were in the top 1% for value added in the country. Alongside her teaching, Georgina is a tutor on The Ufton Drama Summer School, a gifted and talented drama programme for GCSE and A-level students. Georgina has recently written an adaptation of the classical Greek tragedy, Antigone, which is currently being edited for publication. Georgina works closely with the University of Reading to assist with the training of new drama teachers and mentors in the delivery of dynamic and contemporary approaches to teaching the subject.