January 2016 Drama, Theatre Studies and Performing Arts update

Mon Jan 25 22:10:00 UTC 2016

This subject update has information on the GCSE Drama and AS/A level Drama and Theatre 2016, GCSE and A Level visiting examiners, student volunteers for new GCSE and A level qualifications, writing and reviewing opportunities for the new GCSE Drama, BTEC Nationals in Performing Arts for 2016 and GCSE Drama and A level current spec training events this term.

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GCSE Drama and AS/A level Drama and Theatre 2016

The new AS and A level Drama and Theatre specifications have now been accredited.

Download the specifications.

There is also:

  • a useful Getting Started guide for the specifications, which includes guidance and advice on co-teachability
  • a mapping document, showing how elements of the current qualifications link to the new qualifications.

We are still waiting to hear about accreditation for the GCSE Drama specification. We will let you know as soon as have confirmation of the accreditation.

Download the draft version of the new GCSE Drama specification

If you have any questions about the new specifications and support materials, please email them through to me at: TeachingPerformingArts@Pearson.com. 

Free launch events

There will be free launch events for these qualifications.

Book your place.

GCSE Drama

Location Date Time Code
London 2 February 2016 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. 15LBAD01/10
Birmingham 3 February 2016 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. 15LBAD01/11
Manchester 4 February 2016 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. 15LBAD01/12


AS and A level Drama and Theatre

Location Date Time Code
London 2 February 2016 2 to 4 p.m. 15LBAD02/10
Birmingham 3 February 2016 2 to 4 p.m. 15LBAD02/11
Manchester 4 February 2016 2 to 4 p.m. 15LBAD02/12
2 to 4 p.m.
2 to 4 p.m.
2 to 4 p.m.


Free Getting Ready to Teach events

There are also free Getting Ready to Teach events starting later this term.

If any of these events are fully booked, please add your name to the waiting list.

GCSE Drama

Location Date Time Code
Online 8 March 2016 4 to 6.30 p.m. 15GOAD01/01
London 9 March 2016 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  15GBAD01/01
Manchester 10 March 2016 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 15GBAD01/02


AS and A level Drama and Theatre

Location Date Time Code
Online 15 March 2016  4 to 6.30 p.m. 15GOAD02/01
London 16 March 2016 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 15GBAD02/01
Manchester 17 March 2016 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 15GBAD02/02

GCSE and A Level visiting examiner

Here is the latest information and guidance on the forthcoming practical examinations for GCSE Drama, unit 3, and A Level Drama and Theatre Studies, unit 2.

Please ensure that exam entries have been made via your exams officer, otherwise you will not be allocated an external examiner.

You will be contacted by your allocated examiner during the first week of February. During this initial contact, the examiner will confirm the number of candidates you have at your centre, session timings, and will ask for your range of proposed dates. We do not allow either party to dictate a date or time, this must be a mutual agreement. Therefore, we advise that centres provide a range of dates. 

If your allocated examiner cannot attend any of the range of dates proposed, then your examiner will inform our Contracts and Allocations Team with your proposed range of dates in order to try and allocate you another examiner. We cannot guarantee the allocation of another visiting examiner.  

We have this system in place to support both centres and examiners, whereby a range of dates are proposed and a mutual agreement is made to suit both parties.

The Administrative Support Guides for GCSE Drama and A level Drama and Theatre Studies outline the process, your session entitlement and how to run the examinations. Both documents contain useful FAQ’s relating to the practical examinations. 


Student volunteers for new GCSE and A level qualifications

Last month I asked for volunteers to help us develop marked students work for the written exam components of the new GCSE and A level Drama qualifications. 

We are now looking for centres willing to work with us to develop examples of practical performance work for the new qualifications. This would involve filming your students at some point this term. These marked examples will then be shared with teachers to help them prepare for teaching and assessment. 

Please let me know if you are able and happy to be involved by emailing TeachingPerformingArts@Pearson.com with the details of which course ie GCSE and/or A level.


Writing and reviewing opportunities for new GCSE Drama

Pearson are currently looking for additional authors and reviewers to contribute to new revision materials to support the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Drama specification. Some writing and/or reviewing experience, as well as strong familiarity with Edexcel Drama, is preferred.

If you are interested in finding out more, please email Becky Breuer at becky.breuer@pearson.com.


BTEC Nationals in Performing Arts for 2016

In September 2016, you can now choose to:

  • start teaching the brand new BTEC Nationals (2016), or
  • continue with the current qualifications (2010).

Read more about your choices.

The new BTEC Nationals in Performing Arts draft specifications are now available. There is a specification for each size the qualification, plus an Introductory Guide for the qualification.

You can also access the Sample Assessment Materials for the externally assessed units.

There will be Getting Ready to Teach events in the Spring and Summer terms.

Reserve your place.


GCSE Drama and A level current spec training events this term

You may be interested in the following events for the current specifications:

GCSE Drama

Location Name Date Time Code
London Controlled Assessment Marking Training for Unit 1 21 January 2016  10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 15BAD03/08
London Controlled Assessment Marking Training for Unit 2 21 January 2016 1.30 to 4.30 p.m. 15BAD04/08
Manchester Controlled Assessment Marking Training for Unit 1 29 January 2016 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 15BAD03/09
Manchester Controlled Assessment Marking Training for Unit 2 29 January 2016 1.30 to 4.30 p.m. 15BAD04/09
Online Preparing for Units 1 and 2 27 January 2016 4 to 6 p.m. 15OAD03/02


GCE Drama and Theatre Studies

Location Name Date Time Code
Online Preparing for Unit 3 13 June 2016 4 to 6 p.m.  15OAD13/02

I hope that you have found this update useful.

Best wishes

Paul Webster, Drama, Theatre Studies and Performing Arts subject advisor
Paul WebsterDrama, Theatre Studies and Performing Arts
UK: 020 7010 2189
Intl: +44 (0) 20 7010 2189
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