DATES: 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. 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. The session will support centres in achieving high quality answers and therefore, top band 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 is a Moderator and Examiner on Drama for a major awarding body. She was Head of Drama at a school in the North West of England teaching Key Stage 3, GCSE and A-level Drama, achieving excellent results. She is a guest lecturer for Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) BA course, and a content writer for BBC Bitesize Drama. She is currently a trainer on the PGCE Secondary Drama course at MMU. Mair also runs training and support events on AQA GCSE & A-level Drama, including leading the North West Drama Forum.