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Acting and Speaking Syllabus 2010

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Sections

  • Foreword
  • Overview
  • Introduction to Acting and Speaking subjects
  • A note on language
  • Learning outcomes and assessment criteria
  • Learning outcomes and assessment criteria
  • Attainment descriptors for Acting and Speaking
  • Attainment descriptors for Acting and Speaking
  • Guidance on selecting material for performance
  • Guidance on selecting material for performance
  • Solo examinations — Introduction
  • Guidance for candidates on solo examinations
  • Pair examinations — Introduction
  • Guidance for candidates on pair examinations
  • Guidance for candidates on pair examinations
  • Group examinations — Introduction
  • Guidance for candidates on group examinations
  • Guidance for candidates on group examinations
  • Plays in Production (Grades 1–8)
  • Young Performers Certifcates
  • Options for further study
  • Performing
  • Teaching and Education Studies
  • Directing

Diploma in Directing

Trinity Guildhall offers a diploma in directing Speech and Drama at Fellowship level.

FTCL Directing (Speech and Drama)

This qualifcation is evidence that candidates can, on the basis of familiarity with a range of
performance contexts, refect critically on related theory and practice, their own directing experience
and the work of other directors, and bring this to bear in the planning, preparation and rehearsal of
texts for public performance.

Candidates should be at a standard comparable to at least LTCL Performing or Teaching (Speech and
Drama) when registering for this diploma, and should show evidence of active personal involvement in
provision of continuing professional development.

This qualifcation comprises of two units, both of which must be passed for successful completion of
the award.

w Unit 1 — Development Skills

Candidates submit a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words on an approved topic, typically
a case study on preparation for a full production of a performance or a series of performances
directed by the candidate.

w Unit 2 — Principles and Practice

Candidates deliver a 10-minute prepared talk, describing and discussing the practical work to be
demonstrated then direct a 30-minute rehearsal of an extract from a play or other performance
piece. Followed by a 20-minute viva.

Full details of requirements for all Trinity Guildhall diploma-level qualifcations, regulations for entry,
methods of assessment, assessment criteria, attainment descriptors and supporting information are
published in the Trinity Guildhall syllabus for Diplomas in Drama & Speech Subjects.

Options for further study

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Information and regulations

Examination centres

Examinations are conducted both at local public centres and at pre-registered school/educational
centres. In the UK and Ireland, where there is no convenient public centre, Trinity Guildhall is happy to
arrange an Examiner Visit providing there are enough candidates to achieve the minimum fee level.
Those wishing to arrange an Examiner Visit should contact Trinity Guildhall directly. A guide to entering
candidates can also be downloaded from the website at www.trinityguildhall.co.uk/drama

Outside the UK, local Centre Representatives may be able to arrange for an examiner to visit your school
or chosen venue. Please discuss your requirements with your Trinity Guildhall Centre Representative
well before the examination centre’s closing date for entries (details of your Centre Representative can
be obtained from Trinity’s Head Offce and online at www.trinityguildhall.co.uk/drama).

Examination dates

Examinations are conducted throughout the year on dates agreed between Trinity Guildhall and its
centres. Public centres publish their approximate examination dates in advance. While Trinity Guildhall
will normally adhere to these published dates, circumstances may dictate that alterations are made and
Trinity Guildhall reserves the right to alter published examination dates as necessary.

Examination entries

Grade and Certifcate examinations are open to everyone, irrespective of age. Candidates may enter at
any level without previously having taken any other examination in the same subject.

Applications for examination will be accepted by Trinity Guildhall on the condition that candidates will
be examined according to the requirements of the current syllabus.

All entries for examinations must be made on an offcial Trinity Guildhall entry form. Each entry form
must be accompanied by the correct entry fee as listed on the fee sheet enclosed with the form. The
entry form and fee must reach the Centre Representative by the published closing date. Do not send
entry forms for public centre examinations to Trinity’s Head Offce except by prior arrangement.
Failure to complete the entry form correctly or to submit it to the Centre Representative by the closing
date may result in the entry being refused. An additional fee will be charged if Trinity Guildhall agrees
to accept a late entry. Details of surcharges for late entries are given on the next page.

The person making the application (whether teacher, parent/guardian or adult student) must sign
and date the entry form which constitutes an agreement to abide by Trinity Guildhall‘s regulations.
Correspondence will only be conducted with this person.

The names of candidates as shown on the entry form will be those used to produce certifcates. Any
errors in the original submission or changes of style which may be requested after the certifcate has
been issued will be subject to an additional charge.

A candidate who has entered for an examination at one centre is not entitled to transfer the entry
to another centre, nor to defer the entry to a later session. If the candidate wishes to postpone
the examination or to take it at a different centre, he or she must make a new entry and pay the
appropriate fee. No refund of the original fee can be made.

An entry which has been made in the name of one candidate may not be transferred to another candidate.

Examination entry fees will not be refunded.

Trinity Guildhall reserves the right to refuse or cancel the entry of any candidate if such action is
considered to be necessary. When such a decision is taken by Trinity Guildhall, any entry fees submitted
will normally be refunded and the reason for the refusal or cancellation given.

Separate entry forms are needed for group & pair and for diploma examinations. These can be obtained
from Centre Representatives or from Trinity’s Head Offce.

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Completing the entry form

Please complete the entry form in BLOCK CAPITALS except for the signature.

Each Grade entry form includes space for 14 candidates. Where you have more than 14 candidates,
additional forms must be used and all forms stapled together. Each form must be signed by the person
making the entry and the total fees on each form must be written in the space provided on each form.
You may make one payment to cover all forms.

Separate Grade entry forms must be used:

w when a separate examination day is requested for different candidates

w for each teacher or school.

Do not fax entries under any circumstances.

Step-by-step guidance notes for completing the entry form appear on the form.

Fees

Examination fees are printed on a separate fee sheet enclosed with each entry form. If the fee sheet is
missing, another copy can be obtained either from your local Trinity Guildhall Centre Representative or
from Trinity’s Head Offce.

Closing dates and late entries

Details of closing dates are available from your Centre Representative or Trinity’s Head Offce. Those
completing entry forms are strongly encouraged to submit them in good time to meet the closing
dates. Entries received by Centre Representatives on or before the closing date are accepted at the
published fees. Anyone wishing to make a late entry must contact the Centre Representative frst
before completing the entry form — do not contact Trinity’s Head Offce (except in the case of an
Examiner Visit entry). Late entries can be accepted only at the discretion of the Centre Representative
(not Trinity’s Head Offce) and are subject to the following surcharges:

w Day after closing date to 21 days before the examination date: + 50% of published fee.

w 20 to 14 days before the examination date: + 100% of published fee.

No entries can be accepted less than two weeks before the examination date.

Trinity Guildhall and its representatives make no guarantee that acceptance of a late entry will result in
the examination taking place. If a late entry has been accepted but the examination cannot take place,
the fee will be refunded at Trinity Guildhall’s discretion but the surcharge will be retained to cover costs
of administration of the late entry.

Examination appointments

The Centre Representative sends each candidate an appointment slip for examinations which must
be brought to the examination and shown to the examiner. The appointment slip will give the date,
time and place of the examination together with the name of the candidate and the level for which
the candidate is entered.

Any errors on the appointment slip made by Trinity Guildhall must be notifed to the Centre Representative
immediately. Candidates who have been mistakenly entered for the wrong grade by the person
completing the entry form cannot change the grade on the day of the examination.

Candidates must attend on the date and time shown on the appointment slip. Wherever possible,
Trinity Guildhall and its representatives will try to meet requests for specifc dates and times if these
requests are clearly shown on the entry form. No guarantee is given by Trinity Guildhall that such
requests will be satisfed. No alteration to the date and time arranged can be made once appointment
slips have been issued.

Candidates are required to be at the venue 15 minutes before their time of examination. Trinity Guildhall
can make no allowance for lateness, whatever the reason. Candidates who arrive late may be required
to return at another time or date in order not to inconvenience other candidates who are punctual. In
such an event Trinity Guildhall reserves the right to charge an additional fee.

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Examination procedures

Regulations concerning the duration of examinations and of selections within them must be adhered
to. Examiners may stop a candidate if an item signifcantly exceeds the stated time-limit in order to
ensure that there is suffcient time to complete all the examination tasks.

For all practical examinations relating to published material, the candidate must supply the examiner
with copies of the works from which extracts are chosen. Printed copies are preferred, but photocopies
may be offered provided that they are accurate and complete in every respect. Handwritten copies
are not acceptable. When non-original copies are provided for the examiner’s use, they will be retained
after the examination by examiner(s) and destroyed. They cannot be returned to candidates. The costs
of any copies must be borne by candidates.

Where an extract is likely to be obscure or misleading if its context is not understood, a very brief
written synopsis (no more than a short paragraph) of the play or book should be presented to the
examiner before the performance commences.

It may be possible for an audience to attend the prepared performance elements of some group
examinations (except Communication Skills) but their presence must not cause the examination
programme to over-run. If the examination is to take place at a public centre, the possibility of an
audience attending should be discussed with the Centre Representative in advance. For examinations
presented to an audience, the examiner should be provided with:

w a performance programme which should include the order of items, the names of the candidates to

be examined and an indication, if appropriate, of performed items not to be examined

w a centrally-positioned table so that the examiner can easily observe all that is presented and can

write comfortably

w suffcient light with which to see to write notes (if the light spillage from the performance area is

insuffcient, a reading lamp should be provided)

w a room or private area so that the examiner can write up Examination report forms.

For duologues/duets in individual examinations, the second performer should be present in the
examination room only for those items in which they are involved. The second performer must not be
the teacher, but may be any one of the following:

w a performer who is not an examinee

w a performer who is an examinee and wants to repeat this duologue/duet for his/her own examination

w a performer who is an examinee but is not offering this piece for assessment.

For training, moderation and standardisation of marking standards, it may sometimes be necessary
for Trinity Guildhall to send more than one examiner to an examination session. Occasionally sample
examinations are recorded, however this is only ever done with the candidate’s prior agreement. Any
recordings are used solely for training and moderation exercises.

Candidates with special educational needs/disabilities

Trinity Guildhall welcomes entries from candidates with special needs/disabilities. The specifc special
need(s) and any request(s) for special tests should be clearly notifed on a Special Needs Request
form and sent via the Centre Representative to Trinity’s Head Offce before entry is made so there
is adequate time for the provision of special tests. The condition and request for special tests, if
appropriate, should also be notifed clearly in the appropriate section on the entry form. Candidates
who require wheelchair access to centres should notify the Centre Representative. All provision for
candidates with special needs is tailored to the particular needs of each candidate. In order to be most
benefcial to candidates, as full an explanation as possible of the nature of the condition should be given.

It is particularly important for candidates with special needs that their entries and full details of the
condition are received on or before the closing date for the examination. The time between the closing
date and the examination is used to prepare the appropriate materials — examiners do not carry special
tests as a matter of course. Due to the extra preparation time required to provide individual tests for
candidates with special needs, late entries or entry forms which do not contain full details of the nature
of the condition are very unlikely to be accepted.

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Visually impaired candidates

Braille certifcates are available for visually impaired candidates at no extra charge. Requests for Braille
certifcates should be made at the time of entry.

Hearing impaired candidates

Hearing impaired candidates may use a sign-language interpreter who may be in the examination room
only when his/her services are required. The interpreter must not be the candidate’s teacher or a relative.

Dyslexic candidates

Dyslexic candidates requesting special provision must supply a report from an educational psychologist
(a chartered educational psychologist, a full or affliate member of the Association of Educational
Psychologists or a person employed by a local education authority as an educational psychologist).
Reports from psychologists of other disciplines (e.g. clinical) or non-psychologists are not acceptable.

Extra time for candidates with special needs

Extra time may be allowed on an individual basis according to the nature of the condition.

General notes

Please note that the same standards of assessment apply to all candidates. Only in the conduct of the
examination is allowance made, where appropriate, for a candidate’s condition.

Reasonable adjustments and special consideration

By regularly reviewing the way in which we provide our examinations services, for example through
audits covering instances of disability, illness, accident or bereavement, Trinity Guildhall aims to identify
the barriers or impediments to access.

Absence through sickness

A candidate who is sick and cannot take the examination may apply to the Centre Representative for
a re-entry permit, enclosing a medical certifcate and the appointment slip. Applications for re-entry
permits must be made within 30 days of the examination date. The Centre Representative will forward
the medical certifcate and appointment slip to Trinity’s Head Offce who will issue a re-entry permit
for an examination at the same level in the same subject, which can be used for an examination within
12 months of the original examination date on payment of half the current entry fee. If a re-entry
permit is used towards entry for a higher-level examination, the difference in fee is also payable,
i.e. the full fee of the higher-level examination less half the fee of the lower level examination.

It is not normally possible to apply for a half-fee re-entry permit for non-medical reasons, although
Trinity will be sympathetic to bona fde cases in which appropriate evidence is provided.

Examiners are not permitted to accept either notice of withdrawal or medical certifcates.

When sickness prevents a group member from performing, the examination can continue with a
substitute to ‘read in’ for the missing person. The substitute performer will not be assessed.

All examinations are assessed on the basis of the performance given on the day of the examination
without regard to any external circumstances.

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Results, marks and certifcates

Examiners issue Examination report forms to the Centre Representative at the end of their complete
period of work at a centre (or on a fortnightly basis in larger centres). On occasion, it may be necessary
for the examiner to take the reports away for completion. The examiner will then forward the reports
to the Centre Representative at the next available opportunity. In turn, Centre Representatives issue
report forms to the person who signed the application form. Examiners and Centre Representatives are
not allowed to give details of reports in any other way or to any other person. Centre Representatives
are not permitted to give examination results over the telephone.

Duplicates of lost Examination report forms cannot be provided, although a summary of the marks
obtained can be provided upon payment of a search fee. Such enquiries should be accompanied by the
candidate’s reference number, the date and centre at which the examination was taken, the grade and
subject of examination, and the fee.

Examinations at Initial and Grades 1–8 are marked out of 100. Marks are awarded on the basis of the
following attainment bands:

w 85 marks or more = Pass with Distinction

w 75–84 marks = Pass with Merit

w 65–74 marks = Pass.

The Professional Certifcate examination is marked out of 100 and the pass mark is 70. There is no
Merit or Distinction mark.

Successful candidates will receive a certifcate showing the subject and level they have passed, as
well as the name of their teacher and school if this has been requested on the entry form. For group
examinations, a certifcate will be issued for each performer.

Trinity Guildhall does not accept responsibility for the non-arrival of any Examination report form,
mark sheet or certifcate after it has been posted. A duplicate of a certifcate which has been destroyed
or lost in the post can usually be provided for examinations passed within the last 15 years. A fee is
payable for each replacement, and applications for replacement certifcates should quote the centre’s
name, date of examination, candidate’s name and number, and include the fee.

Certifcates of special merit

Candidates who have passed all examinations in a particular subject (Grades 1–8, or all the available
grades in certain subjects) can apply for a Certifcate of Special Merit. Those who have achieved a
Distinction at every grade will have the words ‘with Distinction’ added to their Certifcate of Special Merit.

To apply for a Certifcate of Special Merit, send originals (not copies) of every certifcate or report form
to Trinity’s Head Offce.

Appeals procedure

Entry for Trinity Guildhall examinations is deemed to constitute acceptance of the professional
judgement of the examiner(s). Teachers, schools, parents, guardians and candidates who wish to
question the outcome of examinations should use the following procedure. In any other dispute
concerning the conduct of any examination, the decision of the Chief Executive shall be fnal.

Allowable grounds of appeal

Appeals questioning the marks awarded will not be accepted. The two broad categories of appeal which
will be considered are:

w claims of irregular procedure on the part of the examiner(s) — for instance, questions outside the

limits of the syllabus

w a clear mismatch between the comments for one or more items and the marks awarded for those

items, in relation to published criteria.

The list of current charges for appeals can be requested from Trinity’s Head Offce. The appeal charge
will be refunded if the appeal is successful.

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First level of appeal

Appeals should be made in writing by the person who signed the original entry form and sent to the
Chief Examiner in Drama & Speech Subjects. The grounds of appeal should be set out, and the original
(not a photocopy) of the report form should be sent by post.

Appeals should be postmarked not later than 14 days after the issue of results by the Centre Representative.

Trinity Guildhall will send an acknowledgement within seven days and the appeal will be referred to the
examiner(s) for comment as appropriate.

The Chief Examiner in Drama & Speech Subjects will reach a decision after receiving the comments of
the examiner(s). The target time for responding to appeals is 21 days from the date of receipt.

The outcome of a successful appeal may be a revision to the marks awarded, or the opportunity of a
free re-examination, usually at the same centre. In the event of a re-examination being offered, a time
limit will be prescribed in the interests of all concerned. Within the United Kingdom, this will normally
mean a special examination outside the normal examining periods. Any such re-examination shall be
deemed to terminate the appeal procedure.

Second level of appeal

Those who are not satisfed with the decision of the Chief Examiner in Drama & Speech Subjects may
proceed to a second level of appeal to the Director of Performing & Creative Arts Examinations. Such
appeals should state the further grounds on which they are pursued and should be postmarked not
later than 14 days from the date of the previous decision. The original report form is not required.
The further appeal will be handled in the same way as above.

Third level of appeal

Those who are not satisfed with the decision of the Director of Performing & Creative Arts Examinations
may proceed to a third level of appeal to the Chief Executive. Such appeals should state the further
grounds on which they are pursued and should be postmarked not later than 14 days from the date of
the previous decision. The original report form is not required.

General notes

Centre Representatives are not permitted to act as agents of appeals. In the event that an appeal is
upheld, the appeal fee(s) will be returned; otherwise the fee(s) will be retained by Trinity Guildhall.

No certifcate will be issued by Trinity Guildhall in any case which is the subject of an appeal until the
appeal process has been completed.

Customer service

Trinity Guildhall strives constantly to update and improve its syllabuses. Amendments and additions are
published on the website at www.trinityguildhall.co.uk/drama

The website is also the source of general information about Trinity Guildhall and its services.

A Customer Service Statement is available on the website.

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Data protection

Trinity College London is registered as a Data Controller with the Information Commissioner’s Offce in
the UK under the Data Protection Act 1998. The Act requires that there should always be a legitimate
basis for the processing of personal data and that the processing and collection of data be accurate, fair
and lawful. Trinity is required to ensure that those to whom the data relate are aware of the purposes for
which their data may be used, disclosed or transferred.

Trinity and its Agents collect and process candidate/representative and centre data for the purpose of
examination administration. This includes:

w the registration of candidate entries for examinations

w the management of examination schedules and itineraries

w the collection, registration and distribution of examination results to both individual candidates and

to centres and representatives.

Personal data is transferred to third parties for the purpose of registering candidate entries and the
results of examinations onto Trinity’s online registration system.

Trinity also collects and processes data to respond to requests for information from members of the
general public. This is the sole purpose of the collection of this data. Additionally, Trinity collects and
processes data on individuals who have consented to their names and addresses being retained for the
purpose of providing them with Trinity event and examination information on a regular basis. Trinity
will amend and update inaccurate personal data upon receipt of a hard copy written request to do so,
with evidence of the individual’s identity. Please write to Trinity’s Head Offce. The address to write to is
89 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TP, UK.

Trinity retains personal data for statistical analysis and to replace certifcates upon request from
candidates. All candidate/representative and centre data is stored securely. Once candidate certifcates
are issued, candidate/representative and centre data is securely archived.

Trinity must also fulfl its obligation to provide candidate and centre information, including personal
data, to Educational Authorities and Regulators worldwide.

Use of candidates’ personal data

Candidates who enter courses and take examinations based upon any Trinity College London or
Trinity Guildhall syllabus should be aware that by attending and participating in examinations that they
are consenting to:

w their teachers, colleges or examination centres collecting, processing, disclosing and transferring

their personal data

w Trinity or specifcally contracted third parties (such as data processors) processing, transferring and

disclosing their personal data to fulfl Trinity’s obligation to administer examinations.

Furthermore, Trinity communicates candidates’ personal data back to colleges or examination centres
for distribution to individual candidates once examinations are complete.

Rights of access to personal data

Trinity employs the following procedure for individual candidate/centre/representative right of access
to personal data records. Trinity will respond to requests from individuals for information to which
they are entitled within 40 days of receipt of written requests. Requests will only be considered from
persons who can prove that they are/were:

w candidates, or

w have written authorisation to act for candidates.

Proof of candidate identity needs to be enclosed with a signed letter from the candidate/representative
making the request. Trinity will only consider the 40-day deadline active once all requested data,
both proof of identity and a signed letter, is received at Trinity’s Head Offce. Copies of Trinity’s Data
Protection policy and procedures and are available on the Trinity website www.trinityguildhall.co.uk

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Appendix 1

Publication of results

Representatives of Trinity are required to ensure that candidates and their parents or guardians are
made aware that examination results may be published in electronic and hard copy publications.
Explicit consent is not required for the publication of examination results; however, candidates and
their parents have the right to object to publication. Candidates must indicate whether they consent to
the publication of their examination results, by ticking the box marked ‘Yes’ on the entry form. Ticking
the box marked ‘Yes’ does not guarantee publication of examination results but will enable Trinity to
proceed with the publication of examination results without further candidate consultation.

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Appendix 2

Health and safety guidelines

1. Candidates and teachers must be aware that any kind of physical performance involves the
entire body and that every precaution must be taken to ensure the safe and healthy use of this
instrument. Teachers should have basic knowledge of safe practice including appropriate warm-up
and cool down activities, injury prevention and care. The following guidelines should be observed.

w Ensure that the body and voice are warmed up before performance.

w Wear suitable footwear and clothing to facilitate safe and easy movement.

w Any scene involving simulated violence must be carefully rehearsed and the onus placed

on the imagined receiver of the violence to create the desired effect.

w Any scene involving combat with weapons must be rehearsed under the direction of

a qualifed instructor.

2. Care must also be taken in the provision of safe and healthy conditions for performance as follows.

w Floor surfaces must be even and clean, with no sharp projections.

w Any stage furniture must be safely positioned and have no dangerous edges.

w Where electrical equipment for sound and lighting is used there must be no cables on the

performing area, and lighting equipment must be rigged with safe ladder/towers and ftted
with safety chains.

w Every precaution must be taken to ensure a safe environment for performances, with

adequate ventilation.

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Acting and Speaking —
Changes from previous syllabus

Numerous clarifcations have been made to syntax and terminology.

Timings for some tasks have been modifed to provide clarifcation of requirements and an enhanced
sense of progression from grade to grade.

Sectional marks for some tasks have been modifed.

Subjects to be covered in conversation and discussion have been clarifed and modifed in some cases.

Speech and Drama

Initial

Task 1: The phrase ‘original, traditional or published story’ replaces ‘original, traditional or folk story’.

Grades 1–3

Task 1: The phrase ‘extract from a play or story’ replaces ‘short extract from a play’ and/or ‘play extract’.

Grade 6

Task 1: The extract must now come from a play ‘written after 1950’.

Grade 7

Task 1: The extract must now come from a play ‘written before 1900’.

Task 4: The ‘prepared talk’ task has been replaced with a fourth performance piece of the
candidate’s choice.

Task 5: The discussion may now include an improvisation.

Grade 8

Task 1: Candidates are now required to perform a ‘thematically linked programme’ of pieces which
includes a detailed talk on one of the pieces. The separate ‘prepared talk’ task has been removed.
The discussion may now include an improvisation and is worth 20 marks.

Performing Text

Initial Grade

Task 1: The phrase ‘original, traditional or published story’ replaces ‘original or traditional story’.

Grade 2

The ‘reading of a very short fable or traditional story’ has been removed.

Task 4: The story-telling option has been removed.

Grade 5

Task 2: The passage must contain ‘direct speech from at least two characters’.

Grade 6

Task 1: The requirement is now: ‘A lyric poem or passage of lyric verse written before 1700, performed
from memory’ (previously a sonnet/original writing).

Grade 7

Task 1: The requirement is now: ‘A sonnet or piece of original writing performed from memory’
(previously lyric poem/verse written before 1620).

Grade 8

Task 1: The programme may now include original writing. The length of the programme has been
extended and the discussion with the examiner on an unseen text removed.

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Appendix 3

Individual Acting Skills

Grade 3

Task 2: Candidates may now perform a prepared mime or original speech/scene based on one of
the titles.

Grade 4

Task 1: The extract must now come from a play ‘written after 1950’ (previously ‘written in or after 1956’).

Task 2: Candidates must now perform a second play extract.

Task 3: Candidates may now EITHER perform a ‘re-working’ of Task 1 or Task 2 OR answer questions
in role. The specifc ‘mime’ task has been removed although candidates may if they wish employ mime
skills in the ‘re-working’.

Grade 5

Task 1: ‘An extract from a play by a contemporary writer’ replaces ‘a soliloquy or monologue’.

Task 3: Candidates may now perform a ‘re-working’ of EITHER Task 1 OR Task 2. This replaces the
mime task, although candidates may if they chose use mime skills in the ‘re-working’. Alternatively they
may answer questions in role (‘hot seating’).

Grade 6

Task 3: Candidates may now perform a ‘re-working’ of EITHER Task 1 OR Task 2. The specifc ‘mime’
task has been removed although candidates may if they wish employ mime skills in the ‘re-working’.
Alternatively they may answer questions in role (‘hot seating’).

Grade 7

Task 1: Comprises Tasks 1–3 in previous syllabus. Another actor may be involved in any one of the
extracts. The requirement for the ‘speech in an accent other than the candidate’s own’ has been
replaced by an extract from a play ‘from a country or culture other than the candidate’s own’.

Grade 8

Task 1: The programme must contain four contrasting play extracts, ‘introduced and linked by relevant
commentary as part of the performance’.

Shakespeare

Grades 1 and 2 have been added.

Grade 3

Task 3: Additional options offered.

Grades 4–5

These grades have been substantially re-designed.

Grade 6

Task 1: The extract need not come from a Roman or History play.

Task 3: The extract should come from a contrasting genre.

Grades 7–8

These grades have been substantially re-designed.

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Acting in Pairs

Timings for prepared tasks have been clarifed.

Grades 1–8

A conversation/discussion element has been added at all grades. This now carries 20% of the available
marks. All performance pieces must be introduced by the candidates.

Grades 1–2

The mime option has been removed.

Grades 5–6

The introduction task has been removed. Candidates will have to opportunity to display their
understanding of context and character in discussion with the examiner.

Grade 7

The requirement for one of the pieces to be ‘in an accent or speech style different from the candidates’
normal speech’ has been removed. However, note that the scenes should be ‘contrasting’.

Shakespeare in Pairs

This syllabus strand has been substantially re-designed and now follows closely the model of the
Individual Shakespeare syllabus. Grades 1–2 have been added.

Group Drama — Devised

Grade 5

Topics for improvisation have been changed.

Group Drama — Scripts

All extracts must now be introduced.

Grade 7

The phrase ‘contemporary playwright’ replaces ‘living playwright’.

Grade 8

The phrase ‘contemporary playwright’ replaces ‘living playwright’. The requirement for one of the
pieces to be ‘in one or more accents or speech styles which differ from the candidates’ normal style of
speaking’ has been removed. However, note that the extracts must come from ‘contrasting plays’.

Group Drama Shakespeare

This syllabus strand has been substantially re-designed and now follows closely the model of the Group
Drama Scripts syllabus.

Plays in Production

This is a new syllabus strand.

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