Last updated 1 September 2015

This page provides more information on how we ensured that students who sat our BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Music and Production Analysis (20375F) exam on Wednesday 20 May 2015 were fairly rewarded for their performance, despite an error in the ordering of tracks on the audio CD.

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What was the issue?

Following the exam, a small number of our schools and colleges got in touch to let us know that tracks had been labelled incorrectly. The question paper referred to Track 1: “See You Later Alligator” by Bill Haley and his Comets but this appeared as track 2 on the CD. Similarly, the question paper referred to Track 2: “Turning Tables” by Adele but this appeared as Track 1 on the CD.

After further investigation, we determined that all students taking the exam had been presented with the same error. We’re really sorry for any confusion this may have caused.

What we did after identifying the error

Our examiners marked and set the grade boundaries for this exam paper using the same rigorous processes and procedures as normal.

Throughout the marking period the examiners applied the mark scheme to the standard set by the Lead Examiner. Once all the work had been marked, our senior examiners set the grade boundaries using a range of information including:

  • provisional grade boundaries proposed by the Lead Examiner
  • a review of statistical data specific to the question paper
  • a report compiled by the Lead Examiner about the performance of the paper.

The Music and Production Analysis question paper this summer was found to be of similar demand to previous question papers and the final grade boundaries reflect this.

Find out more about how we mark work and set grade boundaries

Once the grade boundaries had been set, we performed detailed statistical analysis of individual student performance. This analysis identified a small number of learners may have been impacted by the error.

The work for each of these learners was reviewed by the Chair of Assessors, who made recommendations on whether it was appropriate to adjust their grade. This recommendation was based on the quality of work presented by the learner in their responses, regardless of the track they were referring to.

Who do I speak to if I have questions about my result?

If you have any questions about how we’ve determined what grade you’ve achieved for this unit, please speak to your teacher. We’ve provided them with additional information on our analysis and they will be able to get in touch with us on your behalf if they need further information or advice.

We’re sorry that the mistake on the question paper/CD wasn’t identified during the checks we complete before the paper was sat and will be reviewing our processes to ensure that a similar error can’t happen in the future.