BTEC Firsts in Music and BTEC Tech Award in Music Practice: August 2018 update

Fri Aug 10 09:57:00 UTC 2018

Read the latest information on BTEC Firsts in Music and BTEC Tech Award in Music Practice, including performance measures, key dates and preparing for results.

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2020 performance measures

DfE updated the qualifications included on perforamnce measures in England for 2020 at the end of July. I am pleased to say that the BTEC Tech Award in Music Practice was included in performance measures for 2020. This means that you now have a choice between delivering either the BTEC First Award in Music or the BTEC Tech Award in Music Practice from September 2018, as these are the only vocational music qualifications equivalent to a GCSE included on KS4 performance measures.

See the BTEC Tech Award in Music Practice specification

Summer 2018 results

For the external assessments from the summer series the results will be issued on Wednesday 22 August 2018 and they can be released to candidates on this day. The Principal Examiner's report for each externally assessed unit will also be published online on results day.

You can find the results for externally assessed units for your cohorts via Edexcel Online.

Reviews of marking and moderation (RoMM)

If you're a centre with a concern about a student's results, you can use our post-results services. We have details about these services and their cost online.

Visit the RoMM pages

Access to scripts

After the summer 2018 results are published in August, centres will be able to view and download scripts which have been marked online free of charge from our Self-Service Portal via Edexcel Online.

The Self-Service Portal will be available until the final post-results deadline for each exam series:

  • Wednesday 22 August - Friday 14 December

Customers should save and/or print any scripts they need for teaching and learning purposes before the post-results deadline.

Scripts do not have examiner annotation on them. The marked script allows teachers to evaluate how the student performed on particular questions in relation to what they have been taught; the Principal Examiner's Report and the exemplars that we make available demonstrate how the mark scheme is applied.

If scripts have been marked "traditionally" (i.e. not online), centres will have to request them via the Post Results section of Edexcel Online as in previous exam series.

These scripts will also be free of charge, but the final dates to request them are the same as the published JCQ Access to Scripts deadlines.

Visit the Access to scripts pages

Post results fees

Details of all updated fees for our post results services  from 1 August 2018 can be found online.

See post results fees from 1 August 2018

Understanding marks

Get an overview of how we mark assessments and consistently award grades that fairly reflect a learner's performance. This includes setting grade boundaries and converting raw marks to UMS.

Visit the Understanding marks pages

Grade boundaries

The grade boundaries for the May 2018 exam series externally assessed units are available on Results Day on the website. Please note that the raw mark grade boundaries change from series to series.

Visit the Grade boundaries page

Grade statistics

The grade statistics for the 2017-2018 academic year are published in late October on the website. These statistics can be used for benchmarking purposes. Please note that in line with all qualifications, learner achievement is reported at qualification level and not at unit level.

Visit the Grade statistics page

Key dates

Date Event
22 August 2018 Results released to centres and learners
30 August 2018 RoMM Service P2 deadline
20 September 2018 RoMM Service 1, RoMM Service 2 and RoMM Service 3 deadline
20 September 2018 Access To Scripts Post Review of Marking (ATSPE) deadline
27 September 2018 Access To Scripts Original (ATSO) deadline
14 December 2018 Access To Scripts Copy (ATSC) deadline
Jeffery HoleMusic and Music Technology
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