Changes for 2022

To accommodate public health restrictions, there will be some changes to how the non-exam assessment (NEA) is assessed for GCSE Drama in summer 2022.

Any changes to the written component will be published following the outcome of Ofqual’s 2022 consultation.

These changes are for 2022 only.

8261/C – Devising drama

  • Students will now be able to complete a monologue for this component.
  • We’ve reduced the timing requirements to one and a half minutes (monologue) and two 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 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.

8261/X – Texts in practice

  • We’re still finalising the details on the visiting exam and will provide full details on this shortly.
  • We’ve reduced the number of performances required from two to one. However, students must continue to identify two extracts from their chosen play and can perform both should they wish to. If you choose to submit both we will mark both but only use the highest mark which will be doubled to give the overall mark for the component. If you only submit one, we will double the mark to give the overall mark for the component.
  • We’ve reduced the timing requirements to one and a half minutes (monologue) and two 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 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.

Amendments are permitted for monologues

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

The component weightings, play approval process for 8261/X Texts in practice and moderation process for Component 2 (8261/C) all remain the same.

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