Over the last year, we’ve been reviewing our A level Music qualification to make sure we provide the right support for you during an unprecedented time of learning.
We reached out to hundreds of A level Music teachers and asked them to share their views on our qualification via our surveys, in addition to a wide number of interviews, and research with stakeholders representing Higher Education, music education, and the wider music industry.
Thank you to all of you who took part.
To address the feedback we received, we’re pleased to share our following next steps in ensuring that we provide the best support for you and your students.
1. Returning Courtney Pine
We announced in Autumn 2020 that we were reviewing the volume of work in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and that to do this, we initially reduced the number of set works in our specification. This included the removal of British Jazz artist, Courtney Pine. We recognise that this was the wrong decision to make.
As already communicated in the September update, we will be returning Courtney Pine to the set works for 2022 assessment.
This means there are 3 set works in the Popular Music and Jazz area of study (AoS). It also returns the genre of Jazz to the AoS (currently just called Popular music).
- New Teacher Course Planner: demonstrating how to deliver our A Level Music qualification with time to teach all components, and recommendations for the broader study of music.
- Free online support events:
- On Demand training focused on Wider Listening available from the 19 April
- On Demand training events focused on Component 3 Question 5 (19 May) and Component 3 Question 6 (19 June), to help all teachers prepare for assessment in 2022 and beyond.
We're fully committed to continually reviewing the support we provide, and ensuring pupils are supported to study music by composers from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
We know there is plenty still to do here, and are committed to listening, learning and working with teachers, learners and the wider music community to get things right.