Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment
CCEA Curriculum Monitoring Programme 2018-19

FAQs

Does this unit apply to the chosen discipline explored in AS and A21?

Yes. All students will explore the requirements of the unit through their chosen discipline.

How long should the performance last?

Performances should adhere to the minimum and maximum time limits of 15 to 40 minutes. Groups with two students should aim for 15 minutes whilst groups of 6 should adhere to the maximum time limit of 40 minutes.

Can there be more than 6 members in a group?

No. The maximum group size is 6 with each member of the group undertaking one of the 6 administrative roles.

If the group size is less than 6, which administrative roles do students undertake?

Students, in agreement with their group and under guidance from their teacher, decide from the list of 6 roles, which role to undertake.

In a group of 6, how do students decide who in the group undertakes which administrative role?

This should be done with careful consideration and under the guidance of the teacher. The administrative roles were drawn up with consideration of professional practice and the evidence of tasks/expected outcomes have been designed with equivalence in mind.

Do students devise/create the work for their performance/production of the Commission Brief?

Yes. The thrust of this unit is that the students have the opportunity, for the first time, to devise original material for performance/production.

Can existing material also be used?

Yes. Existing material can also be used but this must not outweigh the students’ original material.

Do the performances need to be presented in an outside venue?

No. The performances can be presented in the school or college with an audience in attendance. The audience should be reminded that this is an examination and that students are being assessed on their work in this live presentation. Presentations by production candidates may be presented to a live audience at the discretion of the centre.

Students are required to investigate professional practice at two “professional venues”. Is it possible to investigate practice for professional companies?

The specification states “professional venues;” however, in order to create as wide a choice as possible, it is acceptable for students to research other professional contexts. These contexts can include professional /semi-professional companies; professional /semi-professional productions and festivals /celebratory events. Professional organisations such as Equity, BECTU (Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematographic and Theatre Union) and TMA (Theatre Management Association) may also be referenced. If in doubt, please make contact with CCEA regarding the students’ choice of professional context.

Can students share one of the administrative roles?

No. Each administrative role should be carried out by one student only. The production roles must also be carried out individually with no more than one student carrying out any one production discipline.

Can students investigate the same professional contexts to inform their record of work?

Yes. The Students can investigate the same two professional contexts but the outcome of the record of work, including the evidence of tasks, must be individualised. Group approaches will not be accepted.

What skills are students required to develop during this unit?

Students are expected to build on those skills explored at AS and to extend these in accordance with the skills descriptors for their chosen discipline (pg. 26-31 of the specification). They must also, through their work as a production company, have opportunities to develop expertise in the areas outlined in the generic skills at the top of page 26.

The development of the skills of creativity and the skills of generating original material or engagement in original approaches is key to this unit.

Do all the areas identified under each discipline need to be addressed?

Yes. All areas should be addressed and this will ensure that stretch and challenge is accounted for. The skills identified in AS2 should form the basis for the exploration of this unit. The skills descriptors also identify some of the evidence required in the production candidates’ presentations.ans

Are the candidates expected to carry out all the areas listed in the learning activities for their administrative role?

Candidates should engage in all the learning activities identified for each administrative role.

Does the record of work need to be word processed?

No. The record of work can be handwritten, drawn, word processed, or use computer aided design. The work, however, must be the candidate’s own.

Can the candidates include draft documentation or versions of a task as part of their overall evidence of tasks?

Draft documentation is not acceptable but may be referred in “the summary of findings.” Versions of a task may be included; however, they must versions of the tasks listed on pages 32&33 of the specification.

Are candidates allowed to include some sample professional documents acquired from their research in the evidence of tasks?

No. They can reference these materials in their “summary of findings” but documents which they have not personally produced should not be contained in their evidence of tasks.

Should candidates present the equivalent of 6 A4 pages?

Yes. Candidates can present up to the equivalent of 6 A4 pages but they will not be penalised if all 6 pages are not used. There is no requirement to use Arial 12; font size and style are at the discretion of the candidate.

What is expected for each of the administrative roles in the evidence of tasks?

Examples of the tasks for each administrative role form part of the support materials for the A22 event. Centres should use the materials as guidance.

Finally, time may not allow all aspects of the role to be realised. The evidence of tasks should reflect professional practice but, for example, candidates are not expected to present evidence of the press release having been published in the local paper.