Changes for 2022

Because of the ongoing impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there are some changes to how A-level Drama and Theatre will be assessed in 2022.

These changes are for 2022 only.

Component 2 – Creating original drama

  • We’ll allow students to complete a monologue. Further guidance can be found on our website.
  • We suggest a maximum length of 5 minutes for a devised monologue but students will not be penalised for exceeding this.
  • We’ve reduced the timing requirements to one and a half minutes (monologue) and three minutes (duologue/group).
  • We’ll allow students to submit alternative evidence where it hasn’t been possible to produce a recording of a final performance.
  • We’ve made amendments to the mark scheme to allow for the monologue, shorter performances that may not be able to apply the methods of a practitioner fully, and to allow alternative evidence to be submitted.
  • The maximum timings are the same and minimum time penalty will apply as normal to the new minimum time requirements.

Component 3 – Making theatre

  • We’ll be moving from visiting exams to postal exams. You can conduct your A-level Drama Component 3 exams between now and 31 May 2022. Your allocated examiner will contact you in January 2022 to confirm with you the date of the summer 2022 exam or provide guidance on what to do if it’s already taken place.
  • We’ve reduced the required number of extracts from three to one. However, we’ll accept all submissions and mark all work (whether one, two or three extracts have been explored). This means that it is acceptable for reflective reports to focus on one, two or three extracts. Our examiners will be aware that some students who explore 1 or 2 extracts may have shorter work than the 2,000-2,500 suggestion and they will not be penalised. One extract is performed for the exam as usual.
  • We’ve reduced the timing requirements to one and a half minutes (monologue) and three minutes (duologue/group).
  • We’ll allow students to submit alternative evidence where it hasn’t been possible to produce a recording of a final performance.
  • We’ve made amendments to the mark scheme to allow alternative evidence to be submitted.
  • There will be no changes to the reflective report.
  • The maximum timings are the same and minimum time penalty will apply as normal to the new minimum time requirements.

Amendments are permitted for monologues

There will be no changes to the working notebook except that amendments are permitted for monologues – additional guidance on this can be found on our website.

The component weightings, the moderation process for Component 2 and the play approval process for Component 3 all remain the same.

Attending live theatre performances

You'll be able to use ‘Covid-19’ on the NEA, fieldwork and live performance centre declaration form as the reason students haven’t been able to attend a live theatre performance.

Advance information on exams will be available

To help students focus their exam preparation, there will be advance information on what exams will cover.

This advance information will be available by 7 February 2022, or sooner if the pandemic worsens.

In the meantime, the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has published guidance for teachers and students on the use of advance information for 2022.

Help and support

If you require further support or guidance, please contact us.