Summer 2022 support

On 30 September, the Department for Education and Ofqual published the outcomes of the consultation on proposed summer 2022 adaptations, including optionality and advance information.

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The consultation concluded that all of the proposals set out in the consultation document would be implemented.

Read more about the 2022 adaptations consultation outcomes

This is in addition to the outcomes of the 2022 NEA and field work consultation, which published on 16 June. These confirmed the carry forward of arrangements which were put in place in 2021 to take account of public health restrictions that could have had an impact on the way the assessments in certain qualifications could be conducted. 

Read more about the NEA and field work consultation outcome

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 given some advance information about the exam, helping them to manage their exam preparation. This information will be issued in the spring term to help students to focus their revision time.

However, the DfE have confirmed that if the impact of the pandemic worsens, this could be issued earlier in the academic year. We will update you on the timing of the advance information release once this has been confirmed.  

Read more about advance information with the JCQ teacher guidance

We have developed guidance ahead of the publication of the advance information, to provide further detail on what the advance information will cover.

Download the advance information guidance.

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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.