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September 2023 Drama update

4 September 2023

Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the start of a brand new term and academic year.

I hope that the summer break was refreshing.

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

Here is your September 2023 update with all the latest news on our GCSE and A level Drama and Theatre qualifications.
In this update you will find:

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Summer 2023 results and post results services

The results update in the link below provides information and guidance on all the different post results services available. 

From this update, you can access information on Access to Scripts, Review of Moderation and Marking servies, instructions on how to access grade boundaries and moderor reports, links to Results Plus, and more.

Read the Results Days 2023 for Performing Arts and Drama update

Start the year network events in September

This term there are network events for GCSE Drama and A Level Drama and Theatre teachers.

.In these events, we will:

  • Reflect on the Summer exam series for external and internal components and units
  • Look at the key events and up to date information for this new academic year
  • Share ideas, resources and approaches to teaching the components
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions and network
A Level Drama and Theatre

12 September 2023


 Event available for booking
GCSE Drama

19 September 2023


 Event available for booking


Component 2 announcement for 2023-24 

This year the window for Component 2 assessment will be bigger than last year's. 

Component 2 assessment window:
Examiners will be allocated to centres in December 2023 – these allocations will be based on the 2022-23 academic year exam entries and estimated entries.
If you are a centre that didn’t have any exam entries for Component 2 in 2022-23, please speak to your exams office about making estimated entries from November. 
The Component 2 window will now start on 8th January 2024 and run through to 19th April 2024. 

However, any centre wishing to complete Component 2 between 8th Jan and 31st Jan will have the work assessed via recording; no visits will take place between these dates. They must make exam entries by 31st Jan.  

All centres (UK and international) will have option to select a visit or recording if assessment is taking place between 31st Jan and 19th April. 
Any centre completing assessment via recording will no longer need to submit materials to the examiner 7 working days prior to the performance.
All materials can be submitted to the examiner seven working days after the assessment has taken place (31st Jan – 19th April) 

More information is in included in the new Administrative Support Guides

Component 3 live theatre evaluations in 2023-24

From September, the following rules for live theatre evaluations will be in place for Component 3 assessments taking place in summer 2024:

 It will be a requirement that students experience and refer to a live theatre production in Component 3. If there is a reason why a student is unable to access live theatre, please contact

.We have removed the live theatre statement from the online text submission form. We now ask you to submit a statement using the link in the new Admin Support Guide (which will be available from the start of September). This statement will need to be submitted before 8th May 2024.

Summer 2024 Component 3 timetables

Here are the dates of the GCSE and A Level Component 3 exams:

GCSE Drama 

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice

Thursday 9th May 2024 pm

A Level Drama and Theatre

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice

Thursday 6 June 2024 am

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