Summer 2022 support

The Department for Education have confirmed that exams will go ahead in 2022, but with a few changes, such as optionality or advance information.

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For A level Drama and Theatre, the following arrangements have been confirmed for summer 2022:

Participation in a monologue or duologue is permitted, so that group work is not compulsory. Each student can participate as either a performer or designer in a devised performance of at least 1.5 minutes (for monologue), and/or 3 minutes (for duologue or group).

Students are permitted to accept alternative evidence to illustrate the intended final piece, the student’s contribution to the creation and development of ideas, and their analysis and evaluation of their own work, as appropriate to the task. Alternative evidence may include:

  • audio-visual recordings of complete performance
  • audio-visual recordings of physical demonstrations of key aspects with explanation of how they inform final piece
  • original and non-original photographs, images, drawings or sketches with annotations to illustrate intentions for performance
  • design scripts
  • written accounts
  • video diary.

Component 1 will remain marked by the teacher and moderated by Pearson.

Each student can participate as either a performer or designer in a text based performance of at least 1.5 minutes (for monologue), and/or 3 minutes (for duologue or group) on one key extract rather than two.

Students are required to evidence their application of theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions as appropriate to the task. For performance, it is permitted that the performance can be done without the need of a fully designed set, lighting, or costumes. For designers, permitted alternative evidence may include:

  • prototype of relevant products
  • original photographs, drawings or annotated sketches of designs
  • annotated scripts
  • video or written accounts
  • physical demonstrations.

We are considering offering centres the choice of either visiting examiner or digital submission for this component and we will confirm the details in the Autumn term.

We will permit the live performance statement to be satisfied through streamed or recorded performances.

We will also permit students to analyse and evaluate the work of others based on live theatre and/or streamed or recorded performances.

Advance information

To make exams in 2022 less daunting, students will be told in advance some information about the exam content, helping them to manage their exam preparation. The Department for Education has now confirmed that advance information can be released.

You can now access your advance information for May/June 2022.

The advance information should be read alongside the JCQ teacher guidance and the advance information guidance which was published on 9 December.

Download the JCQ teacher guidance

Download the full advance information

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We will be supporting you and your students every step of the way with the 2022 summer arrangements.

You can find the support which we currently have available to support teaching and learning below.