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February 2024 Drama update

19 February 2024


Welcome to this February 2024 update.

I hope that half term provided (or will provide if it's this week) some time for you to take stock and have a break.

If you ever need to get in touch, please use my details below.

Here is your February 2024 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)

The assessment of Component 2 is now well underway with most centres having made contact with their allocated examiner/s to arrange either the visit or the digital submission.

The Learner Work Transfer platform is open and fully operational.

Please be aware that the entry deadline for UK centres is 21st February; the entry deadline for International centres is 21st March..

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.

You can find the performance text submission form on the qualification page, with updated approved and unsuitable texts lists for A level Components 1 and 2.

GCSE Drama

A Level Drama and Theatre

Administrative Support Guides (ASG) UPDATED

We have updated the ASGs to ensure it's clear that each student must complete one Communications of Intentions sheet for each extract in Component 2.

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:

AI Update for Component 1

We have updated the GCSE and A Level Component 1 NEA Authentication sheets; there is now reference to AI in the Teacher Declaration.

If you have already assessed and completed the Component 1 NEA Authentication sheet for students certificating in summer 2024, you do not need to complete this new form. If you haven't yet completed the assessment, or are going to start the assessment of students completing in summer 2025, please use the new version of this form.

Music and drama education expo

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Music and Drama Education Expo 2024

The Music and Drama Education Expo is taking place on 22nd and 23rd February 2024 at the Business Design Centre in London.

I will be there on Thursday 22nd so please come and visit me on the Pearson stand. I'll also be giving a talk on the future of Level 2 and 3 vocational qualifications in Performing Arts, Dance and Production Arts.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Music and Drama Education Expo


Learner Work Transfer Feedback

As users of our Learner Work Transfer platform, we would like to hear from you about your experiences with the system.

The outcomes of this survey will help us to continue to introduce improvements, making it easier for you to upload and monitor learner work in future series.

The survey is anonymous but there is the opportunity to leave contact details to provide more in depth feedback if you so wish.

Feedback form

Component 3 exam entries

For any centres making exam entries for Component 3 - please be aware that there are two entry codes and the correct one should be used, according to the set text being studied:

List A
List B
A Doll's House 100
An Inspector Calls 1984
Antigone Blue Stockings
Government Inspector DNA
The Crucible The Free9
Twelfth Night Gone Too Far!                     

Support and contact

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



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