December 2023 Drama update

8 December 2023

Dear colleagues,

I hope that the end of term goes well and that you can enjoy a restful break.

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Here is your December 2023 update with all the latest news on our GCSE and A level Drama and Theatre qualifications.

In this update you will find information on:

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Component 2 examiner update

GCSE Drama (1DR0/02) and A Level Drama & Theatre Studies (9DR0/02)

Those centres who contacted us using the Component 2 Visiting Examiner Requirement Form (VERF) will be contacted by an examiner from the following dates:

  • A Level: from 8th December onwards
  • GCSE: from 15th December onwards.

If you didn't complete the form but have had entries in previous series, we will also allocate an examiner to you.

If you didn't complete the VERF form and have never had exam entries, we will allocate an examiner to you once exam entries have been made in your centre. 


Component 2 exam entries 

Please remember that you must make exam entries before the examination takes place.
Please speak to your exams office about making entries. 

Component 2 text submission form reminder

All centres are required to submit their Component 2 text choices via the Text Submission Form at least 6 weeks prior to the planned assessment date. The final submission date is the 8th March 2024.
One form should be submitted per school/college. You can list the texts for your whole cohort on one form. Responses will be stored and can be cross referenced against examination responses to ensure that centres have complied with the requirements of the specification and subject criteria.

From 1st December - we have updated the approved and unsuitable texts lists for A level Components 1 and 2.

You can find the performance text submission form on the qualification page.

GCSE Drama

A Level Drama and Theatre

New GCSE Component 2 performance text lists

We've updated our performance text lists for GCSE Drama Component 2. It's available in pre-2000 and post-1954 versions.

These are all the plays that have been used by students from 2018 to 2023. We will continue to update the lists after each series.

Administrative Support Guides (ASG)

The Administrative Support Guides provide all the up to date information you need for all three Components on the qualification, including:

  • Key dates for the academic year
  • Requirements and important information for each Component
  • Submission processes for Comps 1 and 2
  • Link to the Live Theatre Evaluation Confirmation Form
  • Using Learner Work Transfer (LWT)

You can access the Admin Support Guides here:

Support and contact

Please feel free to get in touch, if you require any help or support in your delivery.



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