Drama, Theatre Studies and Performing Arts

Subject update | 10 February 2020

Important updates to GCSE (9-1) Drama, component 3

We have been listening to your feedback and analysing the performance of GCSE Drama papers. As part of the continuous self-review we have made an amendment to the qualification, taking effect from summer 2020.

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GCSE Drama Component 3, Theatre Makers In Practice – amendment to duration of assessment from 1 hr 30 minutes to 1 hr 45 minutes

We have received substantial feedback from teachers following the first teaching and first assessment of this qualification regarding the length of the Paper 3 examination. In order to support students in completing the assessment and reaching their potential, we have decided to extend the examination by 15 minutes, to 1 hour 45 minutes.

This change will be introduced for first assessment in summer 2020.

We hope by announcing this change now, there will be minimal impact on centres and students as you prepare for the summer 2020 exams.

If you have any questions about these changes, please contact our Drama Subject Advisor, Paul Webster, at teachingperformingarts@pearson.com or by calling 0333 016 4141.

Paul Webster, Drama, Theatre Studies and Performing Arts subject advisor
Paul WebsterDrama, Theatre Studies and Performing Arts
UK: 0333 016 4141
Intl: +44 (0)333 016 4141
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