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January 2024 Drama update

8 January 2024

Dear colleagues,

Welcome to this January 2024 update and a Happy New Year!

I hope that the start of term goes well.

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Here is your January 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)

GCSE and A Level examiners are now contacting centres to make arrangements for the Component 2: Text in Performance examinations. 
Colleagues are advised to check with their school's examination officer/admin team for any communication and contact if they have not been contacted by 12th January.


Component 2 exam entries 

Please remember that your centre must make final exam entries before the examination takes place for both digital submissions and live visit examinations.
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.

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

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:

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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