DATES: Thursday 30 April 2020 – 4pm
CODE: 7864


This webinar focuses on Component 1 the written exam and will provide detailed support for those studying AQA GCSE Drama Component 1. The session will unpick how to produce excellent answers for Sections A, B and C of the written paper. 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 on Component 1
  • 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 Grades 7 – 9


  • All students of AQA GCSE Drama


16.00 pm
Welcome, introduction and sound check

  • Where students succeeded and struggled on the 2019 paper – lessons for students

16.05 pm Section A: Answering Section A effectively

  • Considering stage positions in answers
  • Staging configurations: what makes for an excellent answer
  • Roles in the theatre
  • Review example answers: what makes the difference to marks

16.15 pm Section B: Dealing with the challenge of the set text question 

  • 8 mark question – vocal, physical and effects
  • 12 mark question – interaction and spatial use
  • 20 mark question – the section and the play as a whole
  • Grades 7-9 and Grade 4/5 responses

16.35 pm Section C: Live theatre production

  • Describe, analyse and evaluate – how to do these effectively under exam conditions
  • Acting and design elements: what the examiners are looking for
  • Answering the question being asked: ways to make sure students get the best marks and avoid classic mistakes
  • Marking exercise in exemplar responses – what makes the difference?

Final tips