There are changes to this qualification based on the outcomes of the Ofqual consultation on NEA arrangements for summer 2022. The changes are designed to reduce the pressure on teachers and students in the 2021/22 academic year, and to safeguard against ongoing public health concerns. Please read this information alongside the specification.
Ofqual have confirmed that students taking GCSE Drama in summer 2022 will have a reduction in non-exam assessment (NEA) requirements:
Learners must complete three components to be awarded OCR’s GCSE (9–1) Drama in summer 2022: Devising drama (01/02), Presenting and performing texts (03/05) and Performance and Response (04).
* Devising drama will continue to be internally assessed and moderated by OCR as usual.
** Presenting and performing texts will continue to be externally assessed by OCR Examiners, via video submission.
*** A new component code (05) has been added to allow for both digital and postal submissions of text-based performances - J316/03 is digital, J316/05 is postal.
Marking criteria will be adjusted to remove mandatory requirements for group performances and to reflect the reduction in the number of texts that need to be performed but will otherwise remain the same. Please continue to refer to the published marking criteria until we update you with adjusted descriptors.
As well as the standard head of centre declaration form, an additional teacher witness statement section will be added to the centre assessment form for 2022. This will record teacher comments evidencing the work that candidates have undertaken.
Devising drama – reduction in minimum performance times and designer requirements
For 2022 learners may participate as a performer or a designer either in groups (of up to six people) or they may participate in a monologue. Designers must still work with a performer(s).
Learners must complete a performance of an absolute minimum duration performance time of 1.5 minutes if working individually or 2 minutes if working in groups of two or more in this component as a requirement of the course.
The recommended minimum and recommended maximum performance times for learners are:
There is no penalty for going over the recommended maximum time.
The minimum requirements are reduced to reflect the shorter minimum required duration for performances:
As per our usual specification requirements, designers must work with a performer(s)
Lighting – a full lighting design for the performance with a cue sheet detailing lanterns used and the differing lighting states. A minimum of three lighting changes evident in the performance. Lights up and lights down are not included in this number.
Sound – a full sound sheet with original and copied cues leading to a finalised sound CD or MP3 playlist on a memory stick for use in the final performance. A minimum of three sound cues evident in the performance. During the performance learners must operate the sound desk.
Lighting and Sound (combined) – a combination of the requirements for sound and lighting which are approximately equal in weighting and which total three cues in performance.
Set – a scale model and a detailed ground plan of the set. Sourcing set (and props) for the performance and supervision of the construction of set where appropriate. Learners must dress the set ready for performance and one set design must be realised in the final performance.
Costume – a final design of:
The minimum times indicate duration of the performance piece and apply to both designer and performer roles.
Performing requirements will be implemented in the same way as our published specification. Where learners do not meet the bare minimum or provide evidence to meet the bare minimum, they will receive 0 marks for AO2.
Devising drama – In the event of a centre not being able to record their final performance as intended they may submit alternative evidence alongside their completed portfolio to illustrate the intended final piece
Alternative evidence may be submitted for performances that did not get completed in 2020/21, alongside the completed portfolio (which includes evaluation of their own work as usual) to illustrate the intended final piece Portfolios and evaluations of the devising process to still be carried out as usual.
To evidence the student’s contribution to the creation and development of ideas, and their analysis and evaluation of their own work, alternative evidence may include:
Presenting and performing texts - reduction in minimum performance times, number of texts and designer requirements
Learners must complete a performance of an absolute minimum duration performance time of 1.5 minutes if participating in a monologue or 2 minutes if working in a group of two or more in this component as a requirement of the course.
Designers must still work with a performer(s).
Learners apply their presentation and performance skills through realising one key extract, instead of two (from one centre-chosen text).
Minimum requirements reduced to reflect the shorter minimum required duration for performances:
As per our usual specification requirements, designers must work with a performer(s).
Lighting and sound (combined) – a combination of the requirements for sound and lighting which are approximately equal in weighting and which total three cues in performance.
Presenting and performing texts - In the event of a centre not being able to record their performance as intended they may submit alternative evidence alongside their completed concept proforma to illustrate the intended final piece
There will be no visiting examiner for Presenting and performing texts instead the performance will be marked by the examiner remotely via a video recording submitted by centres to OCR.
We are extending the assessment window for the submission of the recordings of performances for this component, with the intention of providing more flexibility for centres.
The marking criteria will be adjusted to remove the mandatory requirement for group performance as we are allowing monologues.
If future public health restrictions stop text-based performances being completed and filmed in 2021/22 due to school closures, as per the outcome of the Ofqual consultation we will permit alternative evidence to be submitted, alongside the completed concept proforma (which includes learner’s intentions, their interpretation for the final piece, and evaluation of their own work) to illustrate the intended final piece.
Examples of alternative evidence:
Specific design component examples:
Lighting and/or sound:
OCR’s team of expert subject advisors has created videos, webinars, and other resources to guide you through these changes and help you prepare your students for their exams in summer 2022.
You can contact us by email email@example.com, on Twitter @OCR_PerformArts or call on 01223 553998.