Ofqual changes for GCSE and A-level Music and Dance mean that for summer 2019 and onwards, we’re removing the requirement to award zero marks for performances in both subjects that do not reach the minimum (and/or maximum for dance) time requirement.
We’ve also changed our approach to GCSE Drama and AS and A-level Drama and Theatre to bring these in line with Music and Dance.
Changes for summer 2019
We’ve now finalised our approach with Ofqual and the penalty that will be applied instead of zero marks where students haven’t met the minimum (or maximum for dance) time requirement.
We’ll apply any necessary mark deductions for summer 2019. For centre assessed components schools/ colleges will have declared whether or not their students have met the timing requirements. For examined components, our examiners have already notified us of the timings. We’re currently updating our Music, Dance and Drama specifications to reflect this change of approach.