Changes for 2022

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

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’ll be moving from visiting exams to postal exams. You can conduct your GCSE 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 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.

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

To help students focus their exam preparation, we have released advance information on what exams will cover.

The advance information for GCSE Drama is available to view.

Help and support

For more information on the new assessment criteria for GCSE Drama, read our Notes and guidance on NEA for 2022.

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