This course is intended for all teachers who wish to ensure the high achievement of students in the AQA A Level Drama Written Paper. By providing tried and tested teaching resources and techniques, the course aims to help teachers raise attainment in students of all abilities and experience by improving confidence, knowledge and a stronger understanding of what examiners are looking for.


  • Develop a range of approaches to tackling set texts in practical workshops and written lessons
  • Gain an increased knowledge of how to use feedback and marking strategies to raise attainment
  • Improve understanding of the key elements of the written exams, – technical terminology, appropriate research, students’ own theatrical experience


  • Heads of Drama
  • Heads of Performing Arts
  • NQTs and those teaching the specification for the first time
  • Teachers of AQA AS and A Level and those considering swapping to AQA AS and A Level Theatre Studies
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 – 10.30am
Bridging the gap between GCSE and A Level written work

  • Building the foundations for A level at GCSE: dovetailing your course to get the best start to the course
  • Approaches to developing students’ application of technical terminology to support written work

10.30 – 11.00am
Component 1, Section C: Writing about live theatre productions and the work of theatre makers

  • Developing students’ confidence in analysing live work
  • Differentiating for students who have limited experience of theatre
  • Choosing productions and questions that best suit your candidates
  • Practical strategies to stretch and challenge all students

11.00 – 11.15am
Discussion: coffee break

11.15 – 1.00pm
Component 1: A creative workshop approach to teaching the List A set text (Drama Through the Ages)

  • Making links between the live productions and students’ own set text
  • Practical strategies and approaches to teaching the set text, practical and workshop based
  • Teaching essay writing skills to meet the assessment
  • Aiming for excellence: how to achieve the top marks through use of technical terms, theatrical understanding and inventiveness

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 2.45pm
Component 1, Section B Teaching skills to answer the extract based exam questions

  • How candidates can meet the Assessment Objectives for the extract based questions
  • Ways to teach essay writing skills which make the demands of the written paper less intimidating and allow inventiveness to flourish
  • How to encourage your students to focus on audience experience
  • Making feedback on written work meaningful to encourage students’ progression

2.45 – 3.30pm
Teaching texts practically to allow an overview of the set texts – practical workshop

  • This practical text based workshop will focus on developing students’ directing skills. Delegates are invited to bring extracts from their chosen texts with them to explore.
  • This session provides ideas of how to encourage students to take creative risks in imagining their own production and encourage influences from their wider theatrical experience in their approach to directing in order to access the higher mark bands of the criteria.

3.30 – 3.45pm
Questions and evaluation

Mat Walters

Mat has been a Head of Drama and Theatre Studies and Performing Arts for 23 years in schools and sixth form colleges. During that time he has also been a member of the senior examining team for A level, an A level examiner and moderator and a GCSE examiner and moderator. He consistently has A level and GCSE schemes of work published, has led Drama INSET courses specifically focussing on practitioners and structuring exam essays and he also presented at Perform in London.

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Drama Written Paper