BTEC Firsts in Music and BTEC Tech Award in Music Practice: May 2018 update | Pearson qualifications

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

15 May 2018

Read the latest information on BTEC Firsts in Music and BTEC Tech Award in Music Practice, including key dates, latest news and training.

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BTEC First Award in Music

We have issued some guidance for centres for Unit 8 - Music and Production Analysis. This details how centres can transfer the audio from the CD to a digital file and managing the security and copyright issues when doing this.

Read the update for transferring audio for Unit 8 - Music and Production Analysis

We are now in May and the deadline for completing first dampling is approaching rapidly. This must be completed by 30 May and I ask you to work with your SV to make sure they have all necessary documents in time so they can complete the sampling and reporting by deadline. Any further sampling must be cmopleted by 30 June and again I ask you to work with your SV to meet this deadline.

The exams are also upon us and I wish every learner the best of luck in their exams in this series. Results will be released on 22 August 2018. You will be able to access the exam paper and mark scheme online by the end of July with the Examiner's report being available from results day.

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 2018 - Friday 14 December 2018

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


There are currently places available to book the free courses for the new BTEC Tech Award in Music Practice.

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Key Dates

Date Event
21 May 2018 Music - Unit 8: Music and Production Analysis summer assessment
30 May 2018 Deadline for first sampling
6 June 2018 Access to scripts - copy deadline for January assessments
30 June 2018 Deadline for any further sampling
5 July 2018 Deadline for reporting results in order to receive certificates for August results day
22 August 2018 Results released to centres and learners
20 September 2018 EAR1, EAR2 and EAR3 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

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