DATES: Thursday 5 March 2020 | Thursday 7 May 2020
CODE: 7865


This webinar will provide detailed support for those studying the set text ‘Blood Brothers’ for AQA GCSE Drama Component 1. Led by two current examiners, the session will unpick the written examination assessment objectives – for both performance and design and demonstrate how to get the best answers. In addition, the webinar will tackle individual questions demonstrating how top band answers have achieved their marks. A comprehensive resource pack is also issued, including exemplar responses and support documents for both students and staff.


  • Develop a range of successful ways of answering each question in Section B on ‘Blood Brothers’
  • Gain an increased drama vocabulary that can be used in the examination
  • Improved understanding of how to access the top bands by exploring the assessment objectives
  • Take away excellent resources and exemplar materials
  • Gain insight into what AQA examiners are looking for at the highest grades


  • All students of AQA GCSE Drama


16.00 pm
Welcome, introduction and sound check

  • A reminder of the key points on Blood Brothers

16.05 pm

Answering the 4 mark question

  • Getting the right focus on description
  • Design – what do the examiners expect to see
  • Exemplar answers: how to get full marks on the 4 mark question

16.15 pm

Answering the 8 mark question

  • Focusing on one line of text in a question– what doing this well really means
  • Acting: vocal, physical and effects
  • Examine answers at 4, 6 and 8 marks: what is the difference?


Responding to the 20 mark question

  • Effective revision on the play to prepare for the 20 mark question
  • The section and the play as a whole –what an effective answer looks like
  • Acting and Design
  • Excellent answers on the 20 mark question: what the examiners want

Final tips

  • Any questions


Mair Bull

Mair Bull has been in secondary teaching for over 15 years. She was Head of Drama for 9 years teaching KS3, GCSE and A-level Drama. Mair is a a moderator and examiner, a  guest lecturer for Manchester Metropolitan University, a writer and contributor for Drama for BBC Bitesize.

Jill Haves

Jill is Head of Drama and Theatre Studies at a top independent school in Manchester. She has been teaching AQA GCSE and A-Level for the past 22 years and her subject results for both courses last year saw over 2/3rds of her students achieve an A*/A or 9/8 grade. Alongside her teaching, Jill works for a leading examination board and is a content writer for BBC Bitesize Drama. Jill works closely with other Drama teachers in the North West to assist with mentoring in the delivery of dynamic and contemporary approaches to teaching Drama.