GCSE Drama

  • Teaching from: September 2016
  • Exams from: June 2018
  • Specification code: 8261
  • QAN code: 601/8575/2

We’re confident that you’ll approve of our new specification. We’ve worked closely with teachers across the country to develop a specification that will inspire, challenge and motivate you and your students.

We’ve kept as much emphasis as possible on the practical, so your students have every opportunity to take part in a performance. Students can study as a performer, or a designer, or both. For design, they can specialise in lighting, sound, set, costume and puppets.

Our specification is diverse, practical and accessible to students of all abilities, and provides opportunities for teachers and students who may have studied Performing Arts rather than Drama in the past.

Specification

Specification at a glance

Specimen papers and mark schemes

Teaching resources

Plan

6

Prepare for your teaching year. Information, support and services to help you deliver the specification.

All planning resources

Teach

8

Teaching resources that you can use to plan your lessons and support your students’ learning.

All teaching resources

Assess

8

Prepare your students for assessment. Specimen and past papers, mark schemes, example answers.

All assessment resources

Key dates

  • 7 May 2018 Coursework deadline for GCSE Drama Internal Practical NEA (8261/C)
    Schools and colleges may set their own internal deadlines
  • 18 May 2018 Exam for GCSE Drama (new) (8261/W)
    Series: June 2018
    Start time: pm
    Duration: 1h 45m
  • 31 May 2018 Coursework deadline for GCSE Drama 20 November 2017 - 31 May 2018 (8261/X)
    Schools and colleges may set their own internal deadlines

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Juliette McGirr

Juliette McGirr,
Teacher

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Talk to us

Aimee Harris

Aimee Harris and the customer support team.
Now available to support you until 7pm.
(During half term weeks we will close at 5.30pm)
Tel: 01483 556301
Email: drama@aqa.org.uk

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