GCSE and A level Drama and Applied Performing Arts subject update, May 2016

12 May 2016

This subject update has guidance and support on the coursework and examination deadlines for current specifications, and information and guidance for new specifications from September 2016.

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Current specifications for GCSE and A level Drama: coursework deadlines

The deadline for submission of coursework for GCSE Drama and AS and A level Drama and Theatre Studies is 15 May 2016. Please ensure that the materials are sent to your moderator before this date. 

GCSE Drama and AS/A level Drama and Theatre 2016 guidance and support

You'll find all the guidance you need for the new specifications - the specification, sample assessment materials, Getting Started guide, mapping document, and editable schemes of work and course planners - in the course materials area for each qualification:

We'll be releasing further free support materials later this term and in the autumn term.

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

You can also order an evaluation pack for our new drama resources.

Order your GCSE Drama evaluation pack

Order your A level Drama and Theatre evaluation pack

Getting Ready to Teach events

We're holding free face-to-face and online Getting Ready to Teach events for GCSE Drama and AS/A level Drama and Theatre in May, June and July. If any of these events are fully booked, please add your name to the waiting list.

Book your place on a GCSE Drama event

Book your place on an AS/A level Drama and Theatre event

GCSE Drama: We’ve listened to you

We have designed a new GCSE Drama that reflects the feedback you have given us about our current specification. Watch the video of Sarah Parry, the Product Manager for Drama, explaining more about what we’ve done, including our requirement that all students must experience live theatre on the course.

Current A level Drama and Theatre Studies: Unit 4

If you have students completing the Unit 4 examination in June, you need to retain copies of the annotated play scripts, along with the Research Notes, in your centre until the end of September. They may be requested by Pearson.

Please don't send them to us with the answer booklet; if you do, they won't be returned.

Applied A level Performing Arts: updated centre guidance and FAQs

For the remaining 2 years of the qualification, all moderation will be postal, so you'll need to send coursework samples to our Central Marking Department.

The address is:

Performing Arts Central Marking Department
Lowton House
Lowton Way
Rotherham S66 8SS.

The absolute deadline for the submission of all sampled coursework is 30 June.

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
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