DATE: Thursday 15 October 2020 – 4.30pm (1hr)

Code: 8129


This webinar will provide valuable insight into the similarities and differences of the GCSE AQA Drama and A-level courses. It will provide tips and guidance for students in how to adapt their approach to their studies in order to build on their successes at GCSE. This webinar will give study skills that will help students to progress in the next stages of their academic life.


  • Consolidate key components and skills you should have from GCSE
  • Review the demands of each component of the written exam
  • Understand increased rigour required in the written assessments at A level
  • Take away lots of ideas for how to structure independent study time to continue theoretical knowledge for the written exam
  • Advice and tips on how to maximise your independent study time
  • Identify areas of challenge across all key components and how to overcome these
  • Strategies and insights into making a successful start to your A level
  • Gain insight in to the demands of the coursework within the practical components of the A-level course
  • Heads up on expectations required in the coursework


4.30 – 4.35  pm Welcome and Introduction

  • A short recap of GCSE skills/knowledge that are most important for A level?

4.35-4.55pm:  Writing successfully at A level

  • Stepping up from studying one set text to two – how to successfully be able to write as a director, performer and designer for different questions
  • Ways to support your i ideas with reference to the wider context of the play. The challenge here is covering the ‘relevant’ wider context and knowing when to integrate this into your response
  • How well do you need to know each text?
  • Resources to help you focus your independent study of the plays – suggestions of annotations to make as you read the texts;  of wider reading to enhance your understanding of the text, activities to help you creatively explore your ideas for realising the set text
  • Getting ahead on the theoretical study of the text to inform practical ideas – knowing the play and it’s wider context to inform your creative ideas for staging/performing whatever extract the exam presents you
  • The differences of writing Live Theatre Review for A-level – progressing from GCSE to A Level standard questions – bringing in greater reference to the ‘total dramatic effectiveness’ of the shows you see, considering the role of all theatre makers

4.55-5.10pm: Understanding the Devised component and coursework                                 

  • Approaches to devising a more advanced performance – thematic approach to stimulus, more challenging stimulus material, more advanced concepts
  • How to apply the working methods of a chosen practitioner when devising – Frantic Assembly, Complicite, Steven Berkoff, Bertolt Brecht
  • Principles behind the Working Notebook and tips to completing it successfully.
  • Getting ahead on the theoretical study of the practitioner before commencing practical work; watching  how practitioners work, studying their influences, uniting their artistic intentions with your own etc

5.10-5.25pm: Approaching the scripted component and coursework                                                                        

  • Exploring plays from a range of contexts and genres
  • How to apply the working methods of a chosen practitioner when working with a script
  • Experimenting practically in order to realise your artistic intentions
  • Best approaches and strategies for writing the Reflective Report

5.25-5.30pm: Questions and depart 

Georgina Ring

Georgina Ring 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.