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March 2024 Drama update

14 March 2024


Welcome to this March 2024 update.

I hope that this term is going well so far especially in terms of Component 2 - break a leg everyone! 

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Here is your March 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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Key dates

There are some key dates on the horizon:

Deadline for international centre entries 21st March 
Component 2 window closes 19th April
Component 1 LWT platform available 15th April
Live theatre declaration deadline 8th May

Component 2 CCIS forms

We've been getting some queries about how to label the recordings for students in GCSE Component 2 and how to reference the mono/duo/group numbers.

When completing the CCIS form, the reference to mono/duo/group number can be completed by making a list of numerical list of monologues, a numerical list of duologues, and a numerical list of groups.
Then assign them to students according to the choice of text and the choice of mono/duo/group for each extract.

On LWT there is no requirement to save the candidate number in the file name - if you are doing a group, that could be 6 candidate  numbers. If you send assign the correct file to the relevant student in LWT, the file name is actually irrelevant.

You might also wish to assign the numbers according to the live running order, but you don't have to if it's a complicated mix of monos, duos and group performances.

Here's an example of how it could all look:

Live running order:
Mono 1
Mono 2
Mono 3
Mono 4
Duo 1
Duo 2
Group 1
Group 2

Labelling student work:
Student A is doing monologue 1 and is in Group 1 

Student B is doing monologue 2 and monologue 3 

Hope this helps! 

Non-assessed individuals

If you find that you don't have enough students in your class to meet the minimum group requirements for Component 1 (or Component 2 at A level), or if students are ill or injured and you need permission to use a non-assessed individual, please don't hesitate to contact us by emailing - we will always provide permission and provide you with an email to send to your moderator/examiner.

We have had a number of requests this year for the use of non-assessed individuals that don't meet the requirements stated above. We have given permission so that students aren't impacted, but would like to remind centres that the use of non-assessed individuals is for situations stated above only; if in doubt, please ask us before proceeding! 

Training packs for Components 1 and 2

We now have the training packs available for the Component 1 and 2 training events for 23-24. These include recordings of student performances, portfolios (for Component 1) and detailed guidance on marking, moderation and preparing students.

  • Coursework Marking Training
  • Preparing for Component 2

The materials are stored in the Course Materials section, Teaching and Learning Materials, Past Training Content.

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.

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

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