Opening night for AQA’s new drama and theatre specifications

Friday 7 Aug 2015

AQA has launched its new GCSE Drama and A-level Drama and Theatre specifications.

Students on the GCSE course will study one set play, they will be able to choose this from a list including Willy Russell's iconic Blood Brothers, Carl Grose's Hansel and Gretel and Malorie Blackman and Dominic Cooke's Noughts and Crosses. A-level students will choose from set texts including Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler and Jez Btterworth's Jerusalem.

Jessica Lober Newsome, AQA Qualifications Manager, said:

"We have built in as many opportunities for performance as possible, so that students can really get to grips with acting and creating meaning. For fairness, the new specifications allow students to be assessed on the same criteria, whether performing to an audience or working behind the scenes.

"It's crucial that drama students at all levels experience live theatre so we've made that part of our specifications. To ensure that students experience as much live theatre as possible, we're including digital theatre in our definition of what constitutes 'live'."

Students on GCSE, AS and A-level courses will be able to perform or contribute to performances by designing and executing the lighting and sound. They can also the design the sets, create the costumes or even work as puppeteers.

The plans for the new GCSE and A-level, which will be available to teach from September 2016, are being submitted to the regulator Ofqual for accreditation.