GCSE Drama

We've updated our qualifications to reflect changes to 2021 exams and assessment.

Read about the changes to 2021 exams for 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

Past papers and mark schemes

Teaching resources

Plan

1

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

All planning resources

Teach

28

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

All teaching resources

Assess

21

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

All assessment resources

Key dates

  • 24 June 2021 Exam for GCSE Drama (8261/W)
    Series: June 2021
    Start time: pm
    Duration: 1h 45m

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Tel: 01483 556301
Email: drama@aqa.org.uk